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.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021 and American Welding Society, 2021.