The job market of the 21st Century looks very little like that of the past. Gone are the labor intensive factory jobs that provided a middle class living for vast portions of the workforce. Long gone are the agricultural jobs of an even earlier age. Fading fast are the retail jobs as brick and mortar stores give way to online shopping. Many of the emerging fields require advanced degrees. The landscape is not bleak for construction fields as the country moves to greater energy production and transport, recognizes needs for infrastructure repair, and builds for an expanding population.
In fact, the outlook for construction workers with specific skills and expertise is looking up. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow 6% between 2014 and 2024.
The key to success in this and any construction field is demonstrated expertise. Skilled, trained pipe welders have the best opportunities for employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that welders current training are expected to be highly sought after. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for welders is $37,420. With training and certification salaries increase to over $60,000.
Any career starts with training, and welding is no exception. Here is a list of training programs which range from six to eighteen months and cost as little as $3,500. This followed by an apprenticeship that provides practical experience in the field.
Certifications from this point are the key to finding the best employment at higher salaries. They certify attainment of core skills to employers and command a significantly higher wage rate. Contact NTIC for more information on certifications in this field.