Should I Go to Welding School?

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If you’re interested in starting a career in welding, completing a career training program in the field can make all the difference in your prospects. Since welding is a specialized skill, employers often look for people who have hands-on experience and training, not just an interest in the field. Welding isn’t something people are usually able to just pick up and practice on their own: given the special equipment, safety considerations, and expertise needed to get started, a great way to learn everything you need to know about welding is through a vocational school.

Not sure if you’re convinced? Here are five reasons you should go to welding school!

Specialized skill

Welding isn’t something that just anyone can do. It requires training, special equipment, and a firm understanding of the process. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects welding jobs (and all jobs for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers) to grow about as fast as average, being trained in a specialized field can help provide some sense of job security.

Focused curriculum

Though any educational program can have a positive impact on your job prospects and long-term career path, one of the benefits of attending welding school is its focused and time-bound curriculum. Most welding programs can be completed in as little as a matter of months, or in just a few years, allowing you to get started on your job search much quicker than with a traditional four-year university program.

Safety, safety, safety

According to the BLS, “welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations.” Welding can be dangerous and requires a great deal of physical strength, coordination, and endurance. By attending welding school, you can get the appropriate training from experienced welding instructors before attempting such work on your own. It can also give you a chance to learn about (and invest in) the proper equipment and safety gear to wear and use, including welding gloves, welding goggles, a welding helmet, and a welding mask.

Eclectic job possibilities

The majority of welders work in the manufacturing industry, with 61 percent of all jobs for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers in 2016 in the manufacturing area. Welders work with cars, with construction, with maintenance and repair organizations—even with NASA! As a welder, you won’t be sitting in an office 40 hours every week: you may be working outside, underground, or in other unusual work environments.

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You’ve come this far! If you’re interested enough to read points one through four, there’s a good chance you’re ready to look for a welding program near you. The Imagine America Foundation has a directory of welding schools and training programs [link to] across the nation: click on over and find the one that’s right for you!


Welding is not for the faint of heart but can make a rewarding career choice for many people looking for something new. If you’re looking for a job outside the 9-to-5 grind that offers a chance to work with your hands and to build something that lasts, becoming a welder could be for you. Contact a school to get more information, take a tour, and fill out an application!


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