Sparks, metal on metal, and big money.
CAREER TYPE KEY FACTS:
Salary Range Potential:
$75,000 - 120,000+ /YEAR
COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEGREE AND/OR CERTIFICATE
PROBLEM-SOLVING, COMPUTER SKILLS, PHYSICS
Types of Employers:
ENERGY, HEALTHCARE, CONSTRUCTION
Qualified welders are in high demand in Mississippi and across the southern U.S. A rapidly growing oil and natural gas industry is seeking professionals, and manufacturers in shipbuilding, automotive and aerospace will pay great wages for trained welders with experience. Pay varies according to location, but along the Gulf Coast and in areas across the U.S. where construction activity is high, welders are earning six figure pay.
Educational requirements for welders vary by region and by company. However, a large majority of employers in Mississippi do not require a four-year degree to apply for this job, as employers are typically most concerned about performance and ability over formal education. Ideal welding candidates will have a high school diploma or equivalent; an industry-recognized certificate or credential and/or technical degree from a two-year college; and/or previous work experience. Specific certifications that may be required by employers include National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) certificates and the Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) which are used as a determination of worker aptitude. 14 community colleges in Mississippi offer welding technology programs.
Employers may be willing to assist new employees with the costs associated with ascertaining an industry-wide certification. On-the-job training should be expected for anyone interested in a welding career. Successful welders will demonstrate mathematical competencies in geometry and measurement skills, a high degree of concentration and attention to detail, awareness of safety standards, knowledge of tools and equipment, strong hand-eye coordination, and knowledge of various welding techniques. Welders may work outdoors in inclement weather or inside in a confined area; they may also be required to lift heavy objects and work in challenging positions.
AVERAGE MISSISSIPPI WAGES
RESTAURANTS & BARS - $13,9250%
ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION - $20,1770%
RETAIL TRADE - $24,9560%
REAL ESTATE RENTAL & LEASING - $34,1720%
TOTAL PRIVATE SECTOR - $37,2820%