Welders and Welding Technicians

Overall employment for welders is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all careers through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Despite this prediction, there should be plenty of opportunities for skilled welders, since many employers have difficulty finding qualified applicants. The DOL reports that there will be a "need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. The construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil will also result in new jobs." Additionally, welders will be needed to¬†rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings.  ¬†

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