Welding Career Overview - Southwestern Illinois College

Employment Opportunities

Once you finish the program you will have the knowledge and experience for a variety of careers, including:

  • Welder
  • Welding Technician
  • Fitter
  • Layout People

Career Outlook

The U.S Department of Labor 2021-2031 Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment for welders to increase by 2%. For further information regarding the field of history, please go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


The The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for Welders at $45,760 in May 2021

So What Can You Do?


Welders join metals using a variety of techniques and processes.

Requires technical training. Salary range: $31,350-$63,660