Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

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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, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, Solderer, Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Wirer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #38 in job growth rate
  • 1,080

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.5%)
  • Associate's degree (8.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (23.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (46.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (18.6%)

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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.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Maintain safety.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 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

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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