In one form or another welders have had to deal with some pretty interesting attitudes towards the welding profession.
Some people think welding is a low-paying job. Others think there isn’t much diversity to being a welder. Even more interesting for women welders is this common remark: “Really? You’re a welder?” It seems no matter how much the profession has progressed, there are (at the very least) 5 persistent myths about welding.
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Welding is a low-paying profession
This myth suffers from the stigma surrounding all blue-collar jobs. Despite evidence to the contrary (see the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Careers in Welding) there is still the idea that working with your hands earns less money than working with your head (although trade work requires working with both your hands and your head). Why is this stigma still around? As Joe Lamacchia, author of Blue Collar & Proud of It, stated in an interview with USA Today:
I think it was from the roaring '90s, the roaring lights of Wall Street, the computers, the cellphones — it was such an economic boom, it was unbelievable. It created all these jobs. I think we need to get back to basics. If you go to school, it doesn't mean you're going to make $150,000 a year. It's almost like we're producing too much of what we don't need and not enough of what we do need. I don't get it. I don't have a stigma toward my accountant. I need him and he needs me to pave and plow his parking lot.