Survey Says: We Need Welders

  • Survey Says: We Need Welders

    OKLAHOMA CITY - July 12, 2021




    The Demand For Welders Is On The Rise, Here's Why


    Over the past few years we've repeatedly heard about the skills gap and the need for workers in the variety of industries that fall under Skilled Trades. Throughout this time, one job has consistently received attention for it's ease of entry and continued demand: welding. 7-12-2021

    But why are welders consistently needed, and what can you do to find your place in this field?

    Retiring Workers

    The average age of welders is around 55, with fewer than 20% being under the age of 35. This means a large portion of the welding workforce will be retiring in the next few years. In fact, the American Welding Society predicts a shortage of about 400,000 welders by 2024. 

    That number is staggering considering how many industries rely on the work done by welders. From construction of new buildings to the manufacturing of products needed for the economy to continue rebounding from the effects of COVID-19, there are very few areas of our lives not impacted by welding. 

    While the impacts of a shortage of welders are significant, so is the opportunity. 

    Growing Industries Need Welders

    Welders are in high-demand in some of the fastest growing industries. 

    According to IBISWorld, a leader in global industry research, heavy-duty truck manufacturing, commercial aircraft manufacturing, auto engine and parts manufacturing, and oil and gas exploration and production are expected to grow by double digits in the next year. 

    Alongside those industries, welders are consistently required for roles in construction, plumbing, and electrical work.  Those three areas of the economy will typically stay consistent, no matter the economic climate, solidifying the stability of a career in welding.

    Your Path To Becoming a Welder

    When thinking about taking the steps to become a welder, it's important to start by doing your research. Because of the variety of welding jobs available, and the different types of welding processes to specialize in, you'll need to have a good understanding of your options.

    After you learn all you can about becoming a welder, research local training programs and courses available. Most of these require a high-school diploma or GED to qualify.

    Another option for your training in welding is to research apprenticeship programs. These offer the chance to learn about the different types of welding on-the-job, allowing you to earn a paycheck while learning the trade. 

    The final step to become a welder is to complete a certification program. After earning your certification, you're ready to begin the job search. And with the high demand in the market for welders, finding a job likely won't take long. 

    If you're interested in learning more about welding jobs near you, working with a highly rated staffing company is a great place to start. That's where Express can help, with more than 830 locations across North America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. 

    Our staffing experts helped more than 48,000 Skilled Trades workers find new opportunities last year and are ready to help you in your search for a role as a welder or any other job.