What do they do?

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Also known as:

Aluminum Welder, Assembly Line Brazer, Brazer, Fabrication Welder, Maintenance Welder, MIG Welder (Metal Inert Gas Welder), Production Welder, Refrigeration Brazer, Solderer, Sub Arc Operator, TIG Welder (Tungsten Inert Gas Welder), Welder, Welder Fabricator, Welder Fitter, Wirer

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 8.4%


    Ranks #42 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #21 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (<1%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (2%)
  • Associate's degree  (9%)
  • Some college, no degree  (22%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (47%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (19%)

Typical College Majors

Most Popular Majors that prepare Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Maintain safety.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Determine metal or plastic production methods.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Design templates or patterns.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Repair parts or assemblies.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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