Choosing a career path can be difficult and stressful. You probably want a job that pays well, keeps life interesting on a day to day basis and can provide you with job advancement opportunities, but it’s not always easy to find all of that in one career. But guess what? A career in welding provides you with not only all of those opportunities, but many more!
A career in welding starts with a piping and welding apprentice school, like Pipefitters Local Union #211’s JATC Apprentice School. After completing a 5 year Union Apprenticeship Training where apprentices are paid while they train on the job and attend night classes two nights a week or on the weekends, you will be well on your way to a successful career in the piping industry as a Pipefitter, Welder or HVAC Service Technician.
Job benefits as a professional, experienced welder include:
- Decent Wages—A career in welding can bring you a steady and sizable paycheck. Though the hourly wage for welders varies by industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for a professional welder is $19.04.
- A Stepping Stone in Your Career Path—Welding is a highly technical skill that can be applied throughout a number of industries, including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and even art. Developing a high level of expertise in welding can benefit you in your future by providing you with a desirable transferrable skill as you move into more specialized areas of welding.
- Job Variety—As mentioned previously, the skill of welding is highly transferrable, so these workers are needed on a number of different projects in different industries. Each project, from one to the next, may be completely different, which will help shake up your routine from time to time.
- Opportunity for Advancement—As welders hone their skill set and learn the inner workings of the industry they are working in, they are opening doors for themselves. If you work hard and perform on the job, you may have the opportunity to advance to become a supervisor, instructor, technician or inspector. You may also have the opportunity to open your own business in the field!
A career in welding is a great way to put your career on the right path. If you want a hands-on, active job that keeps you away from a computer desk all day, join a welding apprentice school today. Don’t waste your time and start building your successful career today!