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3,313 Associates's Degrees Annually
4 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#15 in Popularity (Associate's)
$39,160 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Welding Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many welding technology/welder graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 27,317
Undergraduate Certificate 14,495
Associate’s Degree 3,313
Bachelor’s Degree 4

What Welding Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, wielding majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Wielding Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in wielding should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Wielding Majors

wielding majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Wielding Majors

As a wielding major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Welding Major?

People with a wielding degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Solderers and Brazers 5.6% $41,380
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 5.6% $41,380

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Welding?

3,313 Associate's Degrees Annually
9% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 91% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of wielding majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Wielding Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 36
Black or African American 157
Hispanic or Latino 588
White 2,236
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 283

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Wielding, too. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Welding Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $39,160 to $44,360 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to wielding. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with wielding may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for wielding careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 18.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 44.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 30.1%
Some College Courses 6.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.2%

Online Welding Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 903 schools offered some type of welding technology/welder program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 616 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 698 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 22 0
Associate’s Degree 349 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 616 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Welding Worth It?

The median salary for a wielding grad is $39,160 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to wielding.

Major Number of Grads
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 4,244
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2,998
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 1,938
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 658
Metal Fabricator 585
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 358
Other Precision Metal Working 272
Ironworking/Ironworker 171

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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