By Audrey Clark
In the construction industry, welders are critical professionals who help create a wide range of buildings. From the backbones of skyscrapers to welding air conditioning systems or fences for the new house down the street, welders are a critical part of the construction industry.
Welders are needed with all kinds of training and skills. As the Tulsa Welding School notes, welders who have become experienced and capable in high tech welding will have little trouble finding a job in just about any welding industry. These skills can be very helpful when welding small details for a new building.
As the economy begins to recover, so does the construction industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is continuing to rebound, and with it, the availability of jobs. Employment for metal fabrication workers in the construction industry is slated to grow by 22 percent by 2022. This is 7 percent more than in other sectors and 11 percent more than the average growth rate of all occupations.
Despite this nationwide increase, the availability of jobs is still likely to vary widely by location, as the commercial and residential real estate markets in certain states remain stronger than in others. Knowing where the market is strongest can help new workers emerging from trade schools to find gainful employment and begin making their own way in this exciting industry.
- New York
The welding and construction industry continues to grow and recover from the real estate collapse and general economic dip. These four states, however, have shown themselves to be leaders in investing in construction and offering excellent wages for those interested in welding and construction. Those who have finished trade school should carefully consider if any of these locations would work for them.
New York - New York is a fantastic state for welders in construction because it offers the perfect intersection of a booming industry and high wages. According to Forbes, the first five months of 2013 saw an additional $8.5 billion invested in new construction starts, which was a 16 percent increase over the money put into the industry last year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York is also among the leaders in the nation for wages, with construction laborers earning a median wage of $48,320. For welders industry wide, the median wage comes in around $40,240, which is moderately strong compared to the national averages.
Hawaii - With good news for those who love the tropical weather, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism has reported that construction is expected to be a major factor in Hawaiian economic growth in the coming years, with numerous houses and building projects to be expected. The area also offers excellent wages for both construction workers and welders. Construction workers report a median average salary of $49,020, the highest in the nation. Welders have median average salaries of $62,750, the second highest in the nation.
Washington - Washington State also has the perfect trifecta for those interested in entering construction welding. To begin, the Seattle area has one of the strongest construction rates according to Forbes, with several billion dollars being invested in 2012 and 2013. It also is one of the nation’s leaders in wages for construction laborers, at $41,560 and for those in the welding industry at $44,710.
Alaska - Those who do not mind the cold may be in for some great wages in Alaska. A local newspaper, Newsminer.com, reported that new construction spending for 2014 is expected to surpass $9 billion. The state also offers excellent wages for welders and construction laborers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that construction laborers earn a median wage of $44,940 while those in the welding industry earn the highest in the nation, with a median annual salary of $68,750.
Oh, By the Way… Audrey Clark is a skilled freelance blogger covering a range of topics from careers and finance to travel and leisure, along with everything in-between. When not writing, she’s always on the lookout for her next adventure. Connect with Audrey on Twitter and Google+.