Welders and cutters use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. They also fill holes, indentations, or seams of metal products.
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Welders and cutters 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.
How to Become a Welder or Cutter
A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder or cutter.
The median annual wage for welders and cutters was $40,240 in May 2017.
Employment of welders and cutters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways and buildings. Skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities.
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