Are Employment Projections Growing for Welding Industry Professionals?

Maine labor trends point to significant growth in the welding technology field

If you are looking for a career choice or change, chances are the ideals of stability, security, and opportunity are on your list of considerations. Unsurprisingly, these qualities (along with flexibility, purpose, and adequate salary) rank among the highest on employee’s must-haves in the job market. The welding technology field just might be able to fulfill all of these important requirements.

State-Of-The-Art Welding Lab at Beal College: Every Beal student has their own work station equipped with the latest in welding inverter technology.

According to the United States Department of Labor, careers in welding will rise 6% by the year 2026. A 6% increase is projected to create more than 22, 000 jobs in this growing industry. There are currently 131 job postings on Linkedin for welding related jobs in Maine alone.

Sounds pretty promising, right? But where do you fit into the equation?

In the sphere of welding, skilled professionals could be working with projects ranging from race cars, to infrastructure, to military equipment. A vast variety of interests can be encompassed in this one trade. Having the welding skill set can be helpful in making you a more versatile worker who can smoothly transfer their skills between specific industries, opening endless opportunities for the path of your career.

With a CareerBuilder survey citing that by age 35, 25% of workers will have changed jobs five times, having a trade skill like welding allows the freedom to explore industry avenues without having to continuously leave and enter a career like many are forced to do in the modern working world. In a welding technology program, you will learn the foundations of engineering and mathematics by studying blueprints and specific planning as well as calculations to bring these ideas to life with precision and purpose.

An ideal candidate for success in a program like Beal College’s 12 Month Welding Technology Program will have an eye for detail, spatial-orientation skill, physical stamina and strength, as well as an ability and interest in working with their hands and operating machinery. A prospective welder might also enjoy the variability of indoor and outdoor work and the openness of flexible hours and work schedules.

The United States Department of Labor urges aspiring welders that most companies and employers are looking for skilled employees who have completed formal technical training and a certification program. Entry level employees with these credentials are in-demand in this growing and stable career.

“Things in the welding world are the best they have been in 20 years,” says Jesse Crosby, Welding Technology Program Director at Beal College. “We are fully involved with the employers around the area and they don’t see an end in sight.”

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t see an end in sight either for this growing field in need of skilled workers. This reliability of needing welders to create and repair in such a lengthy list of projects creates a competitive salary as well as career mobility. Welders in our local area of Bangor, Maine made a median salary of $40, 240 with only a year or less of technical training.

The future of welding technology is bright and ever growing. In a society where our job market is all too often full of movement, instability, and even dissatisfaction, a program and career in welding might afford today’s anticipated employees with what they truly want.

“I have had no problem placing [Beal College] students and usually with options so they can pick and choose where they want to work,” adds Crosby. “This is all great news for the future of the program and the futures of our graduates.”

The welding technologies could possibly check off all of the essentials on your list of career considerations. An Associate’s Degree or Certificate program like the ones offered at Beal College can help you take the first step onto the path of a rewarding career in welding, one that will continue to bring you advancement, security, and success.

Citations:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, (visited January 13, 2019).

 

Megan Kidder
Adjunct English Instructor
Beal College