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National Shortage of Welders Shows Importance of Qualified Metalworkers

The economy is down, but welding jobs are still in high demand. The U.S. Labor Department in September suggested that an anticipated mass retiring of Baby Boomers could pinch the industry’s supply of qualified welders. In fact, the American Welding Society believes the shortage could grow to 400,000 within the next three years.

The number of certified welders has declined in recent years, meaning the companies who have them are at a clear advantage.

Welding schools are relatively short to complete (two years in most cases), but earning certification is a bit more difficult and requires rigorous testing of the applicant’s work. As a leader in welding, laser cutting, press brake forming and more, we at National Metal Fabricators are happy to have on staff some of the most qualified and certified welders in the industry.