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If you're looking for a career that offers great opportunities and great pay--and that you can train for in months, not years--Welding is an option that you should consider.
Need a little more convincing?
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.
Welders are needed in almost every industry. Here are just a few examples of the fields in which Welders can find career opportunities:
No joke. Welding is done everywhere ranging from the bottom of the ocean to outer space!
If you like to travel AND be paid well to do it, this is definitely the job for you.
Some examples of traveling jobs in welding are:
Industrial Shutdowns Welders who work on industrial shut downs travel from place to place helping the industries that manufacture the products we buy keep their plants operating trouble free. Welders who work shutdowns typically spend six months out of the year on the road and the other six months taking time off. Not a bad deal is it?
Shipbuilding and Repair Shipyards are always hiring welders. The types of ships you can work on can range from specialty research vessels to aircraft carriers. People who work in shipyards typically travel to the ports where the work is to be done. The travel is worldwide.
Military Support The military always needs welders to support our troops. Military support jobs are typically in building infrastructure and repairing military equipment. Some of the types of work that is done are building pipelines, repairing tanks and outfitting military vehicles.
On-Board Ship Maintenance and Repair Welders who work on cruise ships not only get paid well but receive free room and board, chief prepared meals, access to all of the amenities and a lifestyle that most people only get to experience once in a lifetime, if at all.
Pipeline Installation This type of work often requires living in remote places like the territories of Canada and Alaska. Pipe line welders travel as long as the project requires it. In some cases the companies will fly the welder to and from their Country for holidays and vacations.
Motorsports NASCAR and many other motor sports racing teams hire welders to travel with the pit crews. NASCAR racing teams literally build their cars from the ground up and there is a lot of welding and metal fabrication that goes in to it.
Underwater Welding Underwater welders travel the world going from one job-site to another. Some people stay in the United States while others jet set throughout the globe. There is always a demand for skilled underwater welders that are willing to travel.
Welding is one of the few career choices that is in high demand at all times. Since welders are needed in almost every industry, it gives them the flexibility to switch industries without changing careers. Let’s face the facts; most career choices have ups and downs. Welding on the other hand has endless opportunities that keep fueling the demand.
Welding is one of the very few skills that can earn you a six figure income without a college degree. 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:
When it comes to welding, the salaries vary a lot. It all depends on how skilled you are and how far you are willing to travel.
Green collar jobs are where the energy industry is going. There is a need for alternative energy sources but at the moment nobody knows what source of green energy will be the winner. The Union of Concerned Scientists had this to say about alternative energy sources.“No single solution can meet our society’s future energy needs. The answer lies instead in a family of diverse energy technologies that share a common thread: they do not deplete our natural resources or destroy our environment.”
As a welder it doesn't matter what energy sources will be the winner. Welders are going to be needed no matter what is built as long as it is mde of metal. The safest bet for a green collar job is welding because no matter what technology is developed welding is a needed to make it a reality.
Welders have always been in demand. It doesn't matter what the economy does as long as there is an industry that is thriving. As a welder you can change industries at 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 shipbuilding industry. The recent war has sparked a boom in defense spending and welders are a major part of that workforce.
Looking into the future, our country’s infrastructure has been crumbling for decades and a lot of money is being spent on developing alternative energy sources. Welders are a major part of these industries. It doesn'tt matter if it's building bridges, nuclear power plants, windmills or drilling for oil. Welders are going to be needed as long as the world needs energy, infrastructure and defense products. The bottom line is the world’s economy cannot survive without the technology of welding. The future outlook for welders just keeps looking better and better.