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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Welder field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33693WelderMale38 $43,000Silverhill, AL01/01/2010
33595Nde TechnicianFemale34 $70,000Sorrento, LA01/01/2010
32628Welder/Painter/FabicatorMale27 $23,000Anderson, SC01/01/2010


A welder is a skilled tradesman whose job it is to fuse materials together permanently. Welders frequently join metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, and brass. They may also join other materials, including polymer or plastic. Different materials require varying temperatures and welding procedures, so welders must be trained on how to fuse different kinds of raw materials. Welding specialists may also fill indentations, seams, or holes in various types of metal products using hand-held metal joining equipment.

The process of welding involves the use of high heat to cause materials to melt together. Electrical arcs or open flames may provide the heat; both sources put welders at risk of burn injuries. Arc eye is also a common injury, in which the cornea becomes inflamed as a result of repetitive ultraviolet light exposure. Welders may be exposed to dangerous gases and particulate matter, so they must ensure precautions are taken during the welding process.

The training required can be completed on the job or at a technical or trade school. Apprenticeship programs can also provide the necessary training. Welders may work in auto-body shops, the construction industry, factories, or a variety of other industries. They frequently work outdoors in inclement weather and work in confined areas. Lifting heavy objects is a part of the job, so workers must be able to handle physical labor.

We have detailed information about what working as a welder is like. By conducting in-depth interviews with professionals who work in the field, we created our career profiles, which you can browse below to learn more about a typical day for a welder, different salaries, and the path that led each person to their current job.

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