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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Quick Facts : Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers*
2010 Median Pay$35,450
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012337,300
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change50,700


Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers weld or join metal parts. They work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing filling holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held welding equipment.

What Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Do

  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications
  • Calculate dimensions to be welded
  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Smooth and polish all surfaces
  • Maintain equipment and machinery

Work Environment

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.
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Job Outlook

Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The averages salary of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in May 2010 was $35,450.
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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

35450

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers*
Percent Change in Employment

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

15.0311

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Some employers are willing to hire inexperienced entry-level workers and train them on the job, but many prefer to hire workers who have been through formal training programs. Training ranges from a few weeks or years of school to on-the-job training for skill positions.
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