Welding Jobs Explained

Are you good with your hands?  Enjoy building things, fixing up cars or impressing your friends with your latest project?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, a welding job may be a perfect fit for you!

In the days of old, welders were stereotyped as dumb, underperforming blue-collar workers.  Today, that simply isn't true!

The world has stepped up and realized that welders are skilled, talented artists and professionals with a real-world trade skill.  Welding isn't easy, and does take a lot of training.  But once you've become great at welding, the job possibilites are endless.

This dying skill has many, many welding job openings, and welders are highly sought after!

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What Do I Need to Know About Welding Jobs?

Like I mentioned in the last paragraph, welding jobs are abundant and versitile.  During a lifetime career, a experienced professional may weld cars, boilers, steel buildings, hospitals, fencing, bridges and nuclear reacters.  There are so many different specializations and avenues that you can take in this diverse field.

How Do I Get Started?

If you don't have any prior experiance in this field, you need to first get some training.  This may be in the form of apprenticeship, community college, trade school or volunteering somewhere that has a great need for welders.

You will probably start doing simple spot welds, but once you master the basics, ornate metalworking is in your future.  Getting certified once you are experienced is a great way to grow your resume and will make it easier for you to get jobs in the future.

What Specializations are in Demand?

Underwater Welding

If you like swimming, diving, and have a desire to learn, underwater welding is the job for you. Oil companies, bridge builders and boat builders are in high need for underwater welders.  This highly specialized niche also has a very high pay grade, near 6 figures!

Infrastructure Repair Welding

Much of the developed world's mass transit, plumbing and building are starting to get old and crusty.  Professional welders are needed to fix these systems to keep them running safely for another 100 years.

Emerging Technologies

Solar power, wind power, and other alternative energy sources are emerging- and they all use welded metal as a huge part of their infrastructure.  Becoming an expert in these emerging fields will put you in an indispensable place in just a few years!

Yo Hablo Espanol?

If you speak Spanish, you just said "Si!".  The last emerging need is for people to go and weld in Spanish speaking and other foreign language countries.  Count on tons of travel, meeting great people and having a strong impact on the world around you!