welding career facts
1. Welding is a career choice that does not require a college degree. Welders can get a certificate in as little as nine months to start earning a good living. Welders are judged by their skill level and most jobs require passing a hands-on welding test.
2. Highly skilled welders that are willing to travel and/or work in hazardous conditions can earn well over $100,000.00 a year! Here are some examples of welder salaries: Traveling industrial pipe welders earn anywhere between $50,000.00 and $185,000.00 a year. Under water welders can earn $100,000.00 to well over $200.000.00 a year. Military support welders can start at $160,000.00 to more than $200,000.00 a year in the Middle East.
3. Welders have always been in demand. It does not matter what the economy does as long as there is an industry that is thriving. As a welder you can change industries in a moment’s notice without changing careers. In recent years there has been a recession that hit many careers hard but welders simply shifted to working in the ship building industry. The recent war has sparked a boom in defense spending and welders are a major part of that workforce.