Welders/Cutters/Brazers (SOC 51-4121)

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE
General Job Description

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

For more information about these careers view the O*NET Summary Report for Welders, Cutters, & Welder Fitters and Solderers and Brazers. Method of Entry Typically requires the completion of high school or an equivalent program resulting in the award of a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) credential.



Use of Advanced Technology


Every occupation includes some relationship between job duties and the use of advanced technology -- defined as work activities and environments that incorporate complex electronics as found in computers, lasers, robotics, digital devices, satellites, etc. While basic computer skills such as "keyboarding" apply to an increasing number of occupations, each has different levels of technology interface. Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is classified as an occupation whose job duties do not rely on the use of technology.


EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK


West Central Local Workforce Development Area Labor Market Information


Regional Employment 2012: 610
Projected Regional Employment 2022: 710
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 100
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 16.40%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $18.68
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 15
Average Openings per year due to Growth: 10

Texas Labor Market Information


Texas Employment 2012: 47,830
Projected Texas Employment 2022: 57,610
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 9,780
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 20.40%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $19.04
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 1,175
Average Openings per year due to Growth: 9800

National Labor Market Information


National Employment 2012: 357,400
Projected National Employment 2022: 378,200
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 20,800
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 5.80%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $18.80
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: Not Available
Average Openings per year due to Growth: Not Available

Additional Labor Market Information


Turnover: AVERAGE
Average Age of Workers in Occupation: 39.5
Average Years in Occupation: 8.9
Average Years with Current Employer: 3.7
Percent Female: 3.5%
Percent Non-White: 25.5%


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