Skilled Trades & Vocational

If you want to work in settings as varied as inside a manufacturing plant or automotive repair shop, outside at a construction site, underground in a tunnel, on top of a skyscraper, below a bridge, or anywhere else where there is a metal structure in need of building, repairing, or maintaining, and you want the skills and knowledge to master Welding, enter the workforce, and start earning a good wage, a degree, apprenticeship, or certification program in Welding may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Welding students typically pursue an apprenticeship program, certification program, or associate degree (2 years) prior to entering the workforce. Community colleges, technical schools, online schools, and some public and private colleges and universities offer these programs and degrees. Importance is placed on technical instruction and hands-on learning. Voluntary professional certification through the American Welding Society is also an option and will help you stand out from the crowd when applying to jobs.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Welding Degree Or Certification

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree or certification in Welding include:

  • Welder, Cutter, Solderer, and/or Brazer
  • Ironworker
  • Boilermaker
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers was $42,490 in 2019 (1) while Ironworkers earned a median salary of $53,650. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.