Welding Career Paths

Growing Demand for Welders

In 2019, there were 438,900 welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers, and growth for this career is predicted at 3%. While that’s only average growth, the American Welding Society forecasts that there will be a 300,000 worker shortage by 2024. Why? The average age of a welder in the industry is 55, and as these older workers retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. In fact, fewer than 20 percent of welders are under the age of 35.

High Salary Industry

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May, 2020 that the mean salary for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $46,690, and a mean average hourly wage was $22.45. Of course, salary depends on area, economic climate, and experience, but welders who brings integrity, workmanship, and pride to their work will be valued by their employers.

Career Paths for Welders

Become a welder and you can take your career in a dozen different directions. Not only do they need welders in a variety of industries, but welders can choose different career paths as well. A welder might follow their interests as a welding team leader or a project manager, or even get additional credentials to be a certified welding inspector or instructor.

Why Become a Welder?

No Degree Needed

Our accelerated program means you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career in welding in just a few short months. When you attend the Industrial Arts Institute, you will train with welding instructors with real-world, industry experience.  

Diverse Career Options

Welders find lucrative careers in all types of manufacturing and can travel all over the country. Car racing and NASA both need welders. You can find them indoors, outdoors, and under water. A welder’s options are only limited by his or her imagination. Check out some fabulous career opportunities here.

IAI Preparation

At IAI, employment opportunities are posted and updated on a regular basis for students, and alumni can call the student services department for immediate updates. Additionally, every IAI graduate will be placed on an email list and will be provided with career opportunities as we become aware of them.

Welding FAQ

Whether you want to build on your strengths or explore new and interesting areas, becoming a welder is a great place to start. Here are the answers to a few common questions surrounding welding as a career.

What do welders in Michigan earn?

Michigan welders earn a good living. In 2020, the mean salary for a Michigan welder was $42,370 and the mean hourly rate is $20.37.

Do most welders work in manufacturing?

Not all welders work in manufacturing! Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 63% of welders work in manufacturing.

How long does it take to become a welder?

Not long at all! IAI offers training for all welding, all positions, and will have you industry ready in just 19 weeks.

What are my chances of getting a welding job?

Your chances for employment are very good! Industrial Arts Institute has a 90% placement rate. Study and practice, and you will be successful.

Start Your Journey at IAI

Our goal is to expose students and alumni to the industry and ensure that they are employed upon completion of our programs. These resources will provide support to our students and alumni so that they can explore job opportunities that lead them to successful careers.

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