|Quick Facts: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$36,300 per year
$17.45 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||357,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||6% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||20,800|
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers weld or join metal parts. They also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining 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. Although most work full time, overtime is common.
Training for welding, cutting, soldering, and brazing workers varies. Training ranges from a few weeks of technical school or on-the-job training to several years of combined technical school and on-the job training.
The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $36,300 in May 2012.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite slower-than-average employment growth, skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities.
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