A welder with certification is trained and tested in making specific types of welds, on specific types of materials, with specific welding processes. A welding certificate is limited, as there is hardly any training on the sciences of physics, chemistry, electricity or photonics, or on the design, maintenance and troubleshooting of the welding systems and equipment.
Extensive training is all part of a four-year bachelor of science degree in welding, plus extensive exposure in all types of welding processes, thermal processes, and materials joining.
Two-year associate degrees leave out 1/2 to 3/4 of the sciences and math, and most of the cross-functional engineering training. However, they do spend thousands of hours under the hood, destructing welds, perfecting their skills in welding, fabrication, weld-quality inspection, and welding training skills.
The career trajectory of people with a Welding degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Welding degrees have experience in is Welder, followed by Auto Body Repairer, Sheet Metal Worker, Millwright, Pipefitter, Boilermaker, Automotive Service Technician, Lawn Care Specialist, Carpenter, and Logistician.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Auto Body Repairer||1.8%||0.0%||43.9×|
|Sheet Metal Worker||3.2%||0.0%||87.4×|
|Automotive Service Technician||3.1%||0.3%||12.4×|
|Lawn Care Specialist||1.1%||0.1%||17.2×|
Welding graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||-|
|Median (average earners)||-|
|75th (top earners)||-|
Welding graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|We are still collecting information for this degree|