Welding Careers: The Great Welder Shortage

As some of you may know, there is a major shortage of qualified welders in America. With the recession still raging and the majority of manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas, US manufacturers are still finding it difficult to fill their welding job openings. From production line welders to underwater welding there are not enough trained welders to fill every open position.

For the past few years, the fabrication and construction industries have faced a challenge in finding skilled welders. With approximately 500,000 welders in the work, the average welder today is in his or her mid-50s and near retirement. With welders retiring at twice the pace of new welders coming into the field, it's anticipated that in the years to come, we will have a significant shortfall of qualified welders. Since welding is the most common way to join metals-which is critical to manufacturing, construction, energy and infrastructure-it is vital to rebuild our welding workforce.

The majority of welding schools in the country are at full capacity and have been even begging adding classes that run late into the night. They can not turn out students fast enough to keep up with the demand for talented welders, nearly 100 percent of graduates from welding schools are finding immediate employment and often have their choice of many offers which is slowly driving up the base salary of welders everywhere.

There has never been a better time to enter the rewarding career of welding, its one of the very few carers in America that salary is expected to rise for the foreseeable future, job security is at an all time high and modern safety equipment have helped make Welding a much safer career than in years past.

If you have any interest in becoming a welder or are considering a job in the welding industry now is the time to do it, there may never be another time as good as good as right now to enter this rewarding career. Contact your local college or trade school and see what type of training programs they offer, if they do not offer one they may be able to refer you to a school that does offer classes.

Source by Tim Croft

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