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Welding Technology Employment Potential

Employment Opportunities GraphicEmployment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022. Employment growth reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders laid off in the automotive manufacturing industry may be able to find work in the oil and gas industry .The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. The construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil will also result in new jobs.

Some of the job opportunities include: 

  • Welding Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Mechanical Contractor
  • Boilermaker
  • Pipefitter
  • Ironworker
  • Steel Worker
  • Maint. Worker
  • Certified Welding Instructor
  • Railroad Applications
  • Building Construction
  • Bridge/Highway Construction
  • Military Applications
  • Farm Equipment Manufacturers
  • Marine & Shipbuilding Industry
  • Aircraft/Aerospace Industry
  • Automotive Industry
  • Bridge/Highway Construction
  • Mining Industry
  • Medical Industry

Wages in the state of Kansas:
Average wage = $37,020
Entry level = $25,540
Experienced = $42,760

For additional information, visit for local wage information or U.S. Department of labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Handbook for national wage information.