What Welding Career Path Is Right for You? 

What welding career path is right for you? 

So, you want to become a welder? You love to work with your hands, stay on your feet, contribute to cool projects, and don’t mind getting your hands dirty. You have taken the courses, put in the hours and have all of the tools that you need to succeed. The only problem is, you have no idea where to go next. Welders have some of the most important jobs and take pride in every task that they encounter – no matter the size. At nexAir, we not only want to provide our welders with the equipment and tools that they need to succeed, but we also want to provide them with the valuable insight and KnowHow that they need to Forge Forward. There are many different career paths that you can take as a welder – some more common than others. Keep reading to find a match for your interests! 

Automotive Welder

Automotive welding is a welding type that primarily focuses on the structural repair of vehicles and equipment. You may even design and fabricate while taking on the common tasks of inspecting and preforming maintenance in this role. If you like cars, this is for you! 

Pipe Welder

Do you like to travel? Pipeline welders work on large pipelines across many different industries, carrying materials for thousands of miles. In fact, the oil and gas industry is always seeking skilled pipeline welders and provides great well-earned pay, to say the least. 

TIG Welder

TIG welding is a very common occupation and can work in various industries, including robotics, manufacturing and automotive. This type of welding is used in the making of small, precise welds, on very thin metals. 

Rig Welder

While being out at sea, rig welders typically work 12-hour shifts, 7 days a week, working on oil rigs to build and maintain them. With long, difficult hours and the skill it takes to be a rig welder, the pay is rewarding making those factors worth it. 

Aerospace Welder

Are you interested in space, but not sure how to get involved? Become an aerospace welder! Aerospace welders work on rocket technology, making it an extremely interesting and again, rewarding career. 

Manufacturing Welder

Manufacturing welders are the most common type of welders in the US and are always in high demand. With this job, you could work in many different industries from agriculture to automotive. While this may not be the highest paying job, it is easier to obtain, as well as maintain. 


Robotic welding is on the rise and takes a highly-trained and experienced welder to perform. Yes, the robot does a lot of the work, but a professional is still required to control, operate and standby at all times. 

Welding Instructor

Love what you have learned and want to share your knowledge with others? Become a welding instructor! As we are sure you already know, becoming a welder takes a lot of schooling and certifications – and someone has to be there to teach them. If you are good with words and explaining complex topics, this is a great fit for you! 

We hope this gives you a better idea of what you can do with your welding credentials. Your skills and determination make for a very valuable team member in so many different industries. Whether you want to work with big parts or inspect the work of others, you are guaranteed to find something you love. If you are unsure of what path to take, try out a few! You’ll gain some awesome industry experience and add new skills to your resume. The moral of the story is that no matter what path you choose to take, welding is always an evolving industry, seeking employees like you! 

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