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Why Become A Welder?

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

You will have opportunities to earn a great salary.

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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

What do welders earn in Michigan?

Salary and hourly rate are dependent on region, economic climate, and more...

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.
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Do most welders work in manufacturing?

Welders have many career options available to them...

Not all welders work in manufacturing!

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 63% of welders work in manufacturing.
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How long does it take to be a welder?

Welders don't need a college degree to pursue their careers...

Not long at all!

IAI offers training for all welding, all positions, and will have you industry ready in just 19 weeks.
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What are my chances of getting a welding job?

Not only does the American Welding Society predict a 300K worker shortage in the next 3 years...

Your chances for employment are very good!

Industrial Arts Institute has a 90% placement rate. Study and practice, and you will be successful.
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You don't need a college degree to be a welder.

You can definitely get a two- or a four-year degree in welding, manufacturing, or construction, but if you’re interested in getting to work quickly, there are other options! Industrial Arts Institute’s comprehensive industrial welding course prepares students for industry positions in just 19 weeks.  

Welders have diverse career options.

Welders find lucrative careers in all types of manufacturing and can travel all over the country.  Car racing needs welders.  NASA needs welders.  You can find them indoors, outdoors, and under water.  Those pursuing a career in welding might also gain some industry experience and then open their own businesses, and they have the option to take work on the side to make some extra money.  A welder’s options are only limited by his or her imagination.  Check out some fabulous career opportunities here.
Welder Career Trajectory

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.
Whether you want to build on your strengths or explore new and interesting areas, becoming a welder is a great place to start.


As an IAI student, you have a head start on your career.

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.
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.

I am especially grateful for the opportunity the institute provides where students can meet with employers...to show off our welds and skill sets for potential job opportunities.

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