Have you heard the news? There’s a labor shortage in a number of skilled trades, particularly affecting the welding trade. Despite the rise in welding school enrollment, the number of certified welders available for jobs is at an all-time low. So guess what that means for you? Less competition for a growing pool of jobs—which equates a strong opportunity for you to secure a good job that could grow into a great career.
OK, why is becoming a welder such a great job opportunity? Fortunately, I just happen to have the following list outlining the top five benefits of becoming a welder.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Welder
- Welders are always in demand – Regardless of the ups and downs in the economy, buildings and bridges and myriad other structures are still going to be built, refurbished and repaired. Manufacturing and repair of everything from cars and airplanes to bikes and lawnmowers is also going to be a necessity, irrespective of the economic climate. Basically, as a welder you’ll always be able to find decent work.
- You can be a welder anywhere – For all the reasons described in benefit #1, the type of services a welder provides are in demand in all 50 states, and just about every country in the world. This affords you the ability, as a welder, to settle wherever you want. Or if you want to travel and want to see the world, you have the ability to go where you please and find work to fund your journey.
- You can earn a solid income, right from the get go – The starting wages for most entry level positions in the welding trade are on par, if not higher than, many jobs for which a recent college graduate would be qualified.
- Welding is a long term career path with growth potential – Welding is a skilled trade that offers welders more than just a job, it’s a legitimate career with tons of growth potential. And while the starting paycheck may not be dazzling, as your experience grows, so does your rate of pay, and earning north of a $100k per year is not out of the question.
- Be Your Own Boss - as skilled and experienced welder can work as freelancer, biding on only the type of jobs you find appealing, or for which the price is right. You can also start your own business, maintaining a roster of skilled welders, and contracting them out various projects.
As you can see, the welding trade offers a world of possibilities, making it a highly desirable career choice for anyone looking for their first job, or even a new career.