Why The World Needs Welders

posted on August 9, 2016

To many, a welder may seem like just another industrial job that will eventually be replaced by machines. That's simply not true. Although welding robots are slowly becoming functional and some automation is practical, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the market for qualified welders will continue to expand by up to 15% in the coming years. It's not hard to see why.

Welding Binds Every Process

Look around you. Find something made of metal. Were multiple pieces of metal combined to make that piece? (The answer is almost definitely yes.) OK, find something else made of metal. Were multiple pieces of metal combined to make that piece? (Also, an almost definite yes.) You get the idea -- welding is the process that combines two pieces of metal to become like one. That's incredibly common in our gadget-crazed, appliance-crazed, car-crazed economy. In fact, some economists suggest that up to half of our gross national product would not be possible without welding. A welding professor famously explained the importance of welding in the 21st century as follows: "Countries with the most steel production and the ability to work it are the wealthiest in the world." It's really that simple.

Welding: A Global Language

America isn't the only nation where welding is such an integral component of the economy. In the developing world, welding helps young men and women escape the grip of poverty and charity to produce products they need not only in villages and communities, but to ship around the world to earn income. When you support the American welding industry, you support the education that makes such economic development possible; the American welding industry proudly works together to train people around the world to learn to weld.

More High-Tech Than You Think

The American Welding Society issued a report that stated, "Welding, the fusing of the surfaces of two workpieces to form one is a precise, reliable, cost-effective, and ‘high-tech’ method for joining materials.

No other technique is as widely used by manufacturers to join metals and alloys efficiently and to add value to their products. Most of the familiar objects in modern society, from buildings and bridges, to vehicles, computers, and medical devices, could not be produced without the use of welding."

Welding is a process that will be needed in the "high-tech economy" our politicians are so fond of foreseeing. Marco Rubio had it right in one GOP debate last fall when he said, "For the life of me I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers." Welding jobs are good-paying jobs that are available without a four-year college degree, which should be very attractive to high school students looking to get into the workforce soon as well as people working in unskilled labor positions. Welding is a process of the past, the lifeblood of the present, and the cornerstone of the future.

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