What Does a Career in Welding Look Like?

Welding can be a rewarding career due to the creative nature of construction and structural building. It is often physically demanding and requires wearing substantial protective gear, but it does offer good pay and many options for employment.

Welders use heat and chemicals to bond and strengthen metals that are used in a wide variety of industries. The welder joints, cuts, and fabricates metal by using a heat tool, such as a gas torch.

Types of Jobs/Industries

  • Construction
  • Pipelines
  • Ironwork
  • Art welding (gates, columns, fences, furniture, machinery, sculpture, etc.)
  • Underwater pipelines
  • Manufacturing
  • Bridge work
  • Laser beam welding
  • Aerospace
  • Aircraft
  • Railroads


  • A high school equivalency degree may be required
  • Certification in welding may be required


Visit the American Welding Society website to explore opportunities for certification, updates to the industry, publications, safety, or upcoming events.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in welding are expected to increase by 3% from 2018 to 2028.

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