We surveyed 2,617 welders to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical welder. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a welder?

Low

High

Working as a welder typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a welder?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a welder typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as a welder?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a welder. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for welders.

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Do welders work full-time or part-time?

83% of welders work in full-time roles while 17% work part-time.

Is being a welder stressful?

Low

High

Welders tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a welder?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a welder.

How competitive is the workplace for welders?

Low

High

Welders see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a welder require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Welders will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are welders allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Welders are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do welders have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally welders will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a welder physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a welder requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are welders exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a welder changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a welder require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for welders, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good welder require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a welder.