Welding keeps our world together
If it’s made of metal – it can be welded. From cars to planes and bridges to buildings, welding keeps our economy moving. It’s the backbone of our world.
While we don’t always notice every weld under the hood or behind the walls, welding plays an integral role in keeping people safe and advancing our quality of life. Every industry depends on it.
There’s a bright future in welding
If you like to work with your hands and are seeking a unique sense of community, then welding may be for you. It’s both an art and a science. From basic fabrication to advanced robotics, modern welders blend trade skills with technology to work smarter, not just harder.
The skills you’ll learn as a welder are also portable and recession-resistant. There are countless opportunities in a variety of industries that lead to lucrative and rewarding careers.
Welding takes you where you want to go
Because welding is an essential component in so many industries and art forms, the demand for welders is at an all-time high. This means that the choice to specialize is yours.
The skills you develop as a welder can lead you down several paths. Are you ready to take your first step?
Why you should become a welder
Start your career in an industry that’s on the move
Training & Certification
Get ahead without the debt
High earning potential
Get paid to see the world
Welding is in demand
What opportunities exist as a welder
Experts predict a worldwide shortage of capable welders in the next few years.
This means that a number of careers will be open in these key areas:
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Take the first step
There are many paths to a career in welding
Continue your education
To succeed in welding, make sure you keep up in math and science during high school. If shop courses are available, take as many as you can. A part-time job that involves welding is a great way to practice your skills.
Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by your employer or your local labor union or association. Programs last between one and six years with wages increasing as you gain work experience. Internships – which are often unpaid – are another option for gaining on-the-job experience.
Continue your education
Advance your career by developing new skills through short-term programs and associate or bachelor’s degrees. Already welding? Get a specialized certification. These open opportunities to earn more and move into leadership positions. AWS offers nine different certification categories to help you get ahead.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable
No matter which path you take, the best welders learn how to embrace the challenges in front of them. Stay committed to your process and use the resources from AWS and other organizations when you need a boost.
Is welding right for you?
Welders are known for having an eye for detail and a passion for building or creating things. They enjoy the freedom of working outside of an office. And, the loyal and welcoming community that sets welders apart from any other skilled trade. A good welder demonstrates:
Superior hand-eye coordination and physical strength are necessary skills
The ability to see the weld pool is mandatory. The ability to see the potential in a project is what sets you apart.
The ability to problem-solve and think on your feet.
The right attitude
Welders are always striving to make the “perfect weld.” It’s a lifelong journey but it starts with a positive mind frame and the willingness to learn.