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What does the future of the U.S. welding industry look like? Whether you are pursuing a career in welding or are an employer seeking skilled workers, this is an important question. The following statistics may surprise you:

A Growing Profession.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26% by 2020.

Proper Training Required.

Studies suggest 60% of manufacturers typically turn away half of all applicants due to a lack of proper training.

Trained Welders Needed!

More than 50% of U.S. products, from smartphones to tractors to aircraft carriers, require the work of welders.

Additional Statistics:

  • 2 out of 3 welder jobs are in manufacturing.
  • According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturers in South Carolina account for 17% of the total output in the state, employing 12% of the workforce.
  • The average age of a welder is 54, which means there is growing need for experienced and skilled welders who can fill in the gap.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26% by 2020. This makes welding one of the fastest growing professions in America.
  • Nearly half of U.S. industries report difficulties acquiring skilled welders.

Sources: National Association of Manufacturers, American Welding Society, CareersinWelding.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The demand for skilled, experienced welders is high, and employers need to have the confidence that they are hiring qualified, properly-trained professionals who know how to work in today’s welding field. That’s where Arclabs comes in—we train future welders with the skills necessary to start a career in an expanding industry.

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Welding and Fabrication Fuels Our Growing Economy!

Metal fabrication and welding is the process of constructing and assembling products by combining diverse, typically standardized metal parts. The industry has grown over the years, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1.5 million workers are employed in metal fabrication in the U.S. That makes fabricated metals the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry when measured by employment. Additionally, there are more than 58,000 locally owned and operated fabrication shops in the United States.

Because the metal fabrication industry is cyclical, it reacts to other industries, such as auto, construction, and energy. Although the industry experienced a downfall with the national recession of 2009, it is growing again.

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Currently, employment is projected to grow 7-9% percent from 2014 to 2024. We train welders with the skills necessary to work all types of welding jobs. Arclabs has the experience and resources to help bridge the gap between a growing industry and the need for a skilled workforce. Give us a call today at any of our locations in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, South Carolina, or Houston, Texas.

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