|Quick Facts: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$35,450 per year
$17.04 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||Less than 1 year|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||337,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||15% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||50,700|
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers weld or join metal parts. They also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held welding equipment.
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area. They may work on a scaffold high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. Most work full time and overtime is common in this occupation.
Training for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazing workers varies. Training ranges from a few weeks of school or on-the-job training for low-skilled positions to several years of combined school and on-the-job training for highly skilled jobs.
The median annual wage of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $35,450 in May 2010.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Properly skilled welders with up-to-date training should have the best job prospects.
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