|Quick Facts: Boilermakers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$56,560 per year
$27.19 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||18,000|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||4% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||700|
Boilermakers assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.
Boilermakers perform physically demanding and dangerous work. Many boilermakers must travel to worksites and live away from home for long periods.
Most boilermakers learn their trade through an apprenticeship program. Candidates are more likely to be accepted into training programs if they already have welding experience and certification.
The median annual wage for boilermakers was $56,560 in May 2012.
Employment of boilermakers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Workers with welding experience and general mechanical aptitude will have the best job opportunities.
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