weldkid22 wrote:I am a new welder, looking to get into a career in some type of welding, I have learned all process and am pretty decent( can always use more practice though) my question though is what type of welding is in high demand and where can I get the best pay? I am curious as to how much welder actually make vs. what is said online.
Money aside, what is it that you feel you would enjoy welding every day for the next.... Week we'll say? Month? Year? Decade?
If the answer is pipe, get with your local Boiler maker and Steamfitters chapter and put in an application with them to try and get an apprenticeship.
If the answer is sheet metal, call your local HVAC companies and see who they would call if they needed to sub out parts that they weren't able to build in house. Also, ask the restaurant with the biggest kitchen in the area who they call if they need their sinks/countertops repaired. There's plenty of money to be made doing sanitary welding/food grade welding.
If the answer is I beam, plate, structural stuff, find out who your local contractors use when they put a building up, or build mezzanines for them.
You'll get different answers from everybody on Union/Non-union. If you're in it solely for the money, pack all your stuff up and go vagabond for a while, moving job site to jobsite welding pipe for a power plant, refinery, or pipeline.
People sometimes forget that even if you don't know of a company in your area that does the same type of work you're trying to do, someone does, and most times they are willing to pass the info along if you explain why you are asking. If no one welds in the area, being 'decent' at welding might be able to get your bills paid while you become 'good' at welding!
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