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Welders and Welding Technicians
Overall employment in welding and related occupations is expected to experience little or no change as compared to the average occupation through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. There should be plenty of opportunities for skilled welders, since many employers have difficulties in finding qualified applicants. Most job openings will develop when experienced workers leave their jobs. However, the outlook varies somewhat by industry. In manufacturing industries, the trend toward increasing automation, including more use of welding robots, is expected to decrease the demand for manual welders and increase the demand for welding machine operators. In construction, wholesale trade, and repair services, more skilled welders will be needed as the economy grows because the work tends to be less routine in these industries, and automation is not likely to be a big factor. During periods when the economy is in a slowdown, many workers in construction and manufacturing, including some welders, may be laid off.