Welders are detail-oriented masters of cutting and joining metal using high heat. With more than 80 welding specialties, welders have the flexibility to work just about anywhere.
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Job Outlook 2012-2022*

6% projected growth

Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred = Apprenticeship during or after high school

  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications
  • Calculate dimensions to be welded
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Maintain equipment and machinery
Average Wages in Arkansas**

Annual = $35,790
Hourly = $17.21

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm (visited April 22, 2015).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#49-0000 (visited April 22, 2015).