There are currently an estimated 404,800 welders in the United States. The welder job market is expected to grow by 5.6% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are welders?
CareerExplorer rates welders with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 30,300 welders. That number is based on 22,500 additional welders, and the retirement of 7,800 existing welders.
Are welders in demand?
The importance of welding in the manufacturing process is the principal driver of demand for welders. In fact, two of every three welding jobs are found in the various sectors of manufacturing: architectural and structural metals; agriculture, construction, and mining machinery; motor vehicle and trailer bodies; commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair and maintenance; and general purpose machinery. Aging infrastructures in many cities will also mean that welders will be needed to repair and rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. Because welding skills do not vary between industries, welders can easily transfer from one industry to another; they are therefore more likely than professionals in other trades to remain employed during economic downturns. Welders are fortunate to be able to apply their knowledge in a multitude of industries including robotics, engineering, transportation, construction, shipbuilding, metal sculpting, and welding education. Quite simply, welding is involved in the creation of every structure, from park benches to skyscrapers and it is a difficult process to completely automate, making the occupation resistant to negative forces. Aspiring welders with one or more CW (Certified Welder) certifications and who are trained in the latest welding techniques, technologies, and equipment will enjoy greater job security and higher pay.
What’s the supply of welders?
The welder industry is concentrated in Texas, California, Ohio
Welder job market by state
|State Name||Employed Welders|
|District of Columbia||40|