Welders apply heat and pressure to join objects. Through knowledge of welding principles and metals, welders use blueprints and drawings to build everything from ships to factories. There are many types of welders, including production welder, fabricators, pipefitters, and structural welders.
Qualifications: Welders are detail-oriented, patient, and have strong math and science skills. They work outdoors and the job requires good physical stamina.
Education: Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job training. In addition, some employers require an apprenticeship, certificate or community college training. The American Welding Society offers certification courses throughout the U.S.
Average Salary: $64,373 annually; $30.95 hourly (Source: Build Your Future)
Go to the Craft Labor Map to learn how many welders will be needed in your state over the next three years.