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Welders operate a variety of special equipment to join metal parts together permanently, usually using heat and sometimes pressure. They work on constructing and repairing automobiles, aircraft, ships, buildings, bridges, highways, appliances, and many other metal structures and manufactured products. Welding technicians are the link between the welder and the engineer and work to improve a wide variety of welding processes. As part of their duties, they may supervise, inspect, and find applications for the welding processes. Approximately 386,240 welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are employed in the United States. 

Salary Range

$25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Conventional

Hands On

Technical

Career Ladder
Welding Supervisor, or Inspector, or or Instructor

Welder

Welding Technician

Apprentice or Trainee

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