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How to become a Welder

The following are steps you can take to become a certified welder:

  1. First, prospective welders must earn a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
  2. After graduating with a high school diploma, students must then complete a six- to eighteen-month welding program to earn a certificate in welding, or obtain an associate's degree in welding.
  3. Participate in an apprenticeship to gain working experience.
  4. Earn full welding certification by taking and passing an exam through the American Welding Society (AWS).
How to become: Fabricator/Welder · Welder/Fitter · Tig Welder · MIG Welder · Metal Fabricator
These qualifications are required: Driver's License · AWS D1.1 · Certified Welding Inspector
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What skills help Welders find jobs?

  • ASME codes & standards
  • Assembly
  • Basic math
  • Blueprint reading
  • Calipers
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Crane
  • English
  • Fabrication
  • Flux welding
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Career progression for Welder

Education levels for Welders

Based on the requirements of Welder job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED83.9%
Associate's degree11.3%
Bachelor's degree3.3%
Master's degree1.1%
Middle school education0.5%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Welder in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$31,500
4 - 8$35,000
8 - 12$37,300
12 - 16$38,300
16 - 20$38,000
20 - 24$39,700
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Common qualifications for Welders

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Common questions about career advices for a Welder

What are the skills needed to be a welder?

Welders should have spatial and critical thinking skills. They should also have knowledge of metallurgy, welding technologies, and safety standards in the workplace.

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What other requirements are there for becoming a welder?

Welders may be required to have a certification or license to handle flammable and explosive gases.

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How can a welder advance their career?

Welders can advance their career by getting certified and by choosing a specific type of welding to pursue. Depending on a welder’s skillset and welding career plan, there are a variety of certifications available. The main certification employers will require is the basic AWS (American Welding Society) certified welder certification.

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