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7 Reasons to Become a Welder

Published: November 2, 2022 | Updated: November 1, 2022
 

You probably didn’t even know it, but welding impacts your life every day. From the car you drive and the cell phone you use, to the buildings you enter and the bridges you cross – all of it is made possible through welding. Wow!

Do you want to become part of the welding world? Welding skills allow you to play a key role in creating the comforts of modern-day living. As a welder, you have skills that are in demand that can transfer across industries. And you don’t need a college degree to work in the field. There are lots of reasons to become a welder.

1. Welding Skills Are in Demand

Welding is a skill that will always be needed. Even automated welding still requires humans to problem solve and apply critical thinking skills. And the American Welding Society believes that 336,000 new welders will be needed by 2026 due to an increase in the number of available jobs and the current workforce retiring. Some of those jobs will result from the recent bipartisan infrastructure bill that aims to update aging bridges and roads across the country.

2. Welders Are Needed for a Variety of Industries

Your welding skills can transfer from industry to industry. There are lots of interesting welding jobs you could have. You could work in construction, cutting and repairing steel beams for buildings or bridges. You could work in manufacturing, welding electronics or machinery. And you could also find employment in the automotive, shipbuilding, and energy industries.

3. Do More Than Welding

You might think that a career in welding only requires you to handle a blowtorch. But there’s actually a lot of variety in the field. You could become a boilermaker, which is a tradesperson who fabricates steel, iron, and copper through larging boiling vats. You could also find jobs as a sheet metal worker, a structural iron and steel worker, or a structural metal fabricator.

4. Welders Are Essential Workers

Many industries were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses shut down and employees were laid off. But if you were an essential worker, you could continue to work and earn a paycheck. As a welder, you would be classified as an essential worker, which means that, should an emergency or shutdown occur in the future, you won’t be barred from working.

5. Find Welding Employment Anywhere

Every state in the nation needs good welders. If you need to relocate across the state or the country, you could find work wherever you move. Good locations for the welding industry include California, which is #2 for top hiring states, and Alaska and Washington, which are among the highest paying states for welders.

6. Welding is a Good Industry for Women

Women have worked in the welding industry since World War II, and it remains a great profession for them today. Whether it’s because of your steady hands or your lower center of gravity, as a woman, you’re a good fit to a welding career. Your natural gifts can make you a precise and accurate welder. And as the industry calls for greater diversity, you could have the upper hand against your male counterparts.

7. No Degree Needed for Welding

To qualify for a welding job, you need skills, not a degree. A Certificate in Welding will teach you fundamental skills and various welding techniques and prepare you for entry-level work. Are you ready to train as a welder? Contact Charter College today. We offer a Certificate in Welding that teaches you welding techniques as well as welding codes and safety procedures. And you complete the program in as few as 10 months. Classes are enrolling now. Call 888-200-9942 or fill out the form to learn more.