Life is fleeting, and it goes by so quickly. When you find yourself in a job you don’t enjoy, it can be difficult to break the routine and try to find something better. The problem, though, is that you’ll need to rely on the experience gained in the job you don’ enjoy to get a new one, meaning you’ll likely be stuck in the vicious cycle of doing the same kind of work. If you have good hand-eye coordination and math skills, you owe it to yourself to consider continuing your education and pursuing a welding degree.
If you have a high school diploma, you meet the general requirements to apply for a typical welding program. You may be required to show proof of achievements through a copy of your transcript. If you never finished high school, a GED equivalent is often acceptable, and this test typically only takes about seven hours to complete.
It’s also a bonus to possess various skills that are beneficial in the field, and these include:
- Ability to read blueprints
- Good interpersonal communication abilities
- A steady hand
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Application Process & Costs
There’s more than one way to apply to welding colleges. You could physically visit the campus and speak with the staff in admissions. With this method, you get the advantage of experiencing the campus and getting direct answers to all your questions.
However, if time constraints hold you back, most programs make their applications available online. All you have to do is fill out general personal information, and you’ll be contacted when the information is reviewed.
Costs vary. A typical welding degree can run anywhere from $10,000 to $16,000. However, there are various certifications that are less expensive and cost as little as $3,000.
If making it to campus simply isn’t possible with your current schedule, online courses can be taken into consideration as they are becoming increasingly available. The course material is cleverly introduced in ways that give you a similar experience as students actually on the spot. Some of the classes available include:
- Welding Blueprints
- Introduction to Welding Materials
Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal
Many jobs in the welding field don’t require you to receive any further certification past obtaining your education. However, for more advanced positions such as welding inspector, it’s required you prove you’re keeping up with changes in the field. In this case, license renewal is required every three years.
Salary & Job Prospects
The investment you make in welding training is one that can easily pay off. In fact, it’s estimated that, over the course of the next ten years, there will be an increase of around six percent in the need for welders. This means, by starting school now, you’ll be employable in the midst of expected growth. Median salary is at $36,300 with many chances for advancement as skills and experience are developed.
Enjoying Your Work
You don’t have to dread hearing the alarm clock going off, heralding in a new day going to a job you simply don’t enjoy. While it does take some commitment and require you to step outside your regular routine, the time invested now in a future in the welding industry can help you more quickly begin a career path you’ll find rewarding as well as begin building up the kind of experience necessary to advance on to positions you’ve always dreamed of.