Welding Job Demand Continues to Grow

In today’s world of trade vocations, welding offers a great career opportunity with the right education and preparation. As job demand for welders continues to grow, Advanced Welding School (AWS) is focused on solidly preparing students to enter the marketplace quickly. Our unique learning environment teaches the same workplace values that are found in all fabrication facilities. We focus on teaching our students how to obtain a job and to keep a job. The AWS program format trains certified welders to transition directly into the growing workforce and start earning money immediately.

Outlook for Welding Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the job outlook for welders, braziers, and solderers is rising at 6%, “as fast as average.” Welding is currently said to be one of the fastest-growing professions in the US. Reportedly, benefits are good, starting pay is above-average, and the future appears bright for those in the field of welding.  

What Drives Growth?

A critical role in the manufacturing process, welders are in great demand in the growing manufacturing industry. One strong advantage for certified welders is that their training can be applied to many different industries, making it relatively easy to change jobs from one industry to another. For example, it is a fairly smooth transition for a welder in the automotive manufacturing field to find work in the shipbuilding industry. Welders, braziers, and solderers are also in demand to build missiles and aircraft for the U.S. military as well as working to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure of highways, bridges, and buildings.

Welding Technologies in High Demand

The BLS also reports that welders being trained in the latest welding technology, devices, and techniques will benefit from higher pay and greater job security. Welders who do not pursue the latest training in equipment and technologies will not be in as great demand. The growing demand for welders covers a wide breadth of industries, including mining, agriculture, transportation, construction, plant maintenance, and the fast-growing sector – the shale gas sector.

Welder Compensation

According to the BLS, and what welders earn, a median wage of $41,380 per year was reported as of 2018. Welders employed in the automobile industry earn wages slightly higher than the mean, and those working in the ship and boat building industry and the aerospace product manufacturing industry are just slightly above the mean.

Advanced Welding School, located in Walker, LA, prepares students with exceptional training and a solid probability of finding employment post-training. Upon completing our specialized, fast-track curriculum, offered only by Advanced Welding School, all graduates will be American Welding Society-tested and will become Certified Welders. Visit our website for more information or call (225) 667-9797.


How to Advance Your Welding Career

As job demand for welders continues to grow and more welders enter the workforce, it is well-advised to start focusing on how to further your welding career. One of the keys to welding career advancement is to continue to build upon your education and work experience. As manufacturing systems become more technologically advanced the field of welding continues to change and evolve, you must change and evolve with it.

Continued Education

It’s possible to find a job as a welder without basic training and certifications, but your opportunities are very limited without a solid education. Core welding processes like TIG, MIG, and SMAW can equip you with the skills used in a range of industries including structural welding, pipe welding, aircraft welding, and several others. Many applicants lack the right skills. Stand out from the rest and hone your skills as best you can. 

There are formalized welding industry certifications that can help advance your career. The American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welder program proves to potential employers that you have specific knowledge and skills and have passed tests on AWS Standard Welding Procedures. These are standard specifications across the industry as well as non-code welding specifications created by individual companies. 

In addition to the AWS Certified Welder program, there are nine other welding certifications available to earn such as Certified Radiographic Interpreter, Certified Welding Inspector, and Certified Welding Educator. If you are interested in leadership and higher-level job opportunities, there are specialized certifications that will increase your potential opportunities.

There are also other certifying organizations – The American Petroleum Institute for certifications applicable to working on gas and oil pipelines and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers which covers codes for pressure vessels and welding boilers.

Professional Welding Trade Associations

Join a professional welding organization. This can open up opportunities to network, learn, gain credibility, and eventually even mentor in the industry. The AWS membership offers leading industry publications, news, access to certification resources and educational programs, and opportunities to connect with other welding professionals. Association memberships also look great on your resume and show potential employers that you’re committed to your career and maintaining your skills and knowledge.

Welding Conferences and Trade Shows 

Welding trade shows are a great place to network and stay up-to-date on cutting-edge industry trends and technologies. Welding conferences can help keep your education current on trending topics and technologies from industry experts.

Advanced Welding School, located in Walker, LA, prepares students with exceptional training opportunities and a fast-track to finding employment. Upon completing our specialized, curriculum, all graduates are American Welding Society-tested and Certified Welders. Visit our website for more information or call (225) 667-9797.


Get to Know the Courses at Advanced Welding Schools

Welding and other trade jobs are in high demand, so if you think the traditional college route isn’t right for you, going to trade school may be the best fit for you. Below is more information on the different courses Advanced Welding School offers.

  • SMAW pipe
    This course will cover all skills and knowledge that apply to welding pipe, including pipe positions, joint geometry, and preparation.
  • SMAW plate
    This course will introduce the shielded metal arc welding process, with an emphasis on padding, fillet, and groove welds.
  • GTAW plate
    This course introduces the gas tungsten arc (TIG) welding process and includes information on the correct selection of tungsten, polarity, gas, and proper fill rod.
  • GTAW Advanced
    This course is on advanced topics in GTAW welding, including welding in various positions and directions.
  • Restriction Welding
  • Pipeline Welding
    This course has been designed to help welders learn about arc welding safety and the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process (SMAW-Stick)
  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Educator (CWE)
    The AWS program to become a CWI or CWE has been developed to ensure students have the skills, knowledge, and experience needed. Both the CWI and CWE can be taken simultaneously.
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
    This course has been designed to help students enhance their skills with the gas metal arc welding process.
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
    This course covers gas tungsten arc welding on pipe and includes joint preparation and fit up.
  • Combination Welder
    This career major will prepare students to do quality work in a variety of different construction and manufacturing jobs.
  • Plant Maintenance Welders
    This is a maintenance welding seminar that’s designed for welding technicians and other personnel working in industrial plants, construction, manufacturing, metalworking and fabrication shops. It includes discussion on welding skill improvement and focuses on welding principles.

If becoming a welder fits your education path, and sounds like it fits your lifestyle better than the traditional college route, contact Advanced Welding Schools today. Our experienced educators can help answer any questions you have about starting your welding career. Contact us today at 225-667-9797, or visit our website to learn more about our course catalog.


Why Becoming a Welder is a Great Career Choice

There are many different careers you can choose from, and many people forget about trade jobs. If you don’t think a traditional 4-year college program will work for you, going into the trades can be a great way to learn applicable skills that will help you get hired faster and further your career. Here are a few reasons to consider going into the trades and becoming a welder.

Decent Wages

Many trade jobs offer decent wages and will pay you even while you’re still learning. While your salary will depend on what trade you go into and what part of the country you’re working in, wages can average out around $55,000 a year. You can earn even more when you gain more experience, and if you’re training to become a more specialized trade worker, you can expect to earn even more after that training is completed.

Job Variety

There are many different trade jobs to choose from, and welding is a great option. There are many different skills a welder learns that are in demand and can be transferred over to other jobs and positions across different industries. The different jobs you work on can also mean that each assignment and place you work will be different, giving you a sense of variety in your professional life.

High Demand

There’s a serious demand for trade workers right now. Many high school students have been steered towards going to a university to get a bachelors degree, leaving many to completely forget that there are other options for them out there. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, 70% of contractors are having trouble finding qualified workers to fill jobs. Industry demand continues to grow, and with politicians pushing the importance of improved infrastructure, those jobs will need to be filled.

Advanced Welding School employs the best, most qualified industry professionals around, so when you enroll in classes, you know you’ll be getting the best education possible. Advanced Welding School is located in Walker, La. and specializes in equipping students with exceptional training and getting them hired– faster. Upon completing the fast-tracked curriculum only offered by AWS, graduates will be American Welding Society tested and become Certified Welders.

If becoming a welder sounds like a great opportunity, and seems like it would fit your lifestyle, give us a call today at 225-667-9797, or visit our website to set up a consultation.