Steve Nowicki

5 Reasons to get back into Welding in 2023

As we bounce back to reality out of the Covid Pandemic some people may find new hobbies or maybe even a new career paths. Perhaps even in welding! Here are the top 5 reason to consider a career in welding. 

1. Growing Demand for Welders: 

There is an increasing demand for welders in various industries such as manufacturing, construction, and transportation. As the economy recovers from the pandemic, many of these industries are likely to experience growth, which could lead to more job opportunities for welders. With PPE being better than ever before, now might be the best time play with fire! With helmets like the Lincoln Viking, Optrel Crystal 2.0 and the 3M G5-02 out, eyes have never been better protected. 

Lincoln Electric Stick Welding

2. High Earning Potential: 

Welding can be a lucrative career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $45,190 in 2020. With experience and expertise, welders can earn even more. Especially if you go into underwater welding or off shore oil rig maintenance. With proper experience you can make upwards of $80-$100k a year! 

Underwater welding High Wages

3. Diverse Career Opportunities:

Welding is a skill that can be applied in many different fields. Welders can work in manufacturing, construction, automotive repair, shipbuilding, and many other industries. Not to mention pipe fitting, iron working, electrical, boilermakers and so forth! Some welding is even done by robots! This versatility can make it easier to find work in any area that interests you. If you prefer hands-on work to a desk job, welding might be a good fit for you. To perform welding, a welder must have good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. They also must be able to visualize how their work will come together.

Miller MIG Welding

4. Creative Outlet:

Welding can also be a great way to express the creative side in you. Welders can use their skills to create sculptures, furniture, lawn ornaments, jewelry. Also a great way to recycle used or old metal scraps. Give new life to salvaged metals. If you have a passion for metalworking, welding can be a fulfilling way to express your creativity.   

Welding Artwork / Creative Outlet                                                                                              

5. Updated Tech:

Welding technology has never been so advanced! Before Multiprocess units came out you would need to buy separate machines for each process, MIG, TIG and Stick. You can now buy multiprocess machines that do all three in one machine. Saving overhead on equipment and time consumption. Machines are also smaller, quieter and more advanced than ever before. If the hands on aspect does not interest you much, they also have robotic welding now. Where you program a system and robotic arm does all the welding for you! Check out the Lincoln Cobots for more information! 

Lincoln Cobot Welding

Remember to prioritize safety when engaging in welding activities. Wear appropriate protective gear, work in a well-ventilated area or wear proper ventilation, and follow safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable welding experience. Let us know if you have any questions or have any topic ideas!