Welders held about 424,700 jobs in 2018. The industries employing the most welders in 2018 were as follows:
- Manufacturing (63 percent)
- Specialty Trade Contractors (6%)
- Self-Employed Workers (6%)
- Repair and Maintenance (4%)
- Wholesale trade (3%)
Employment is projected to grow by approximately 3 percent from 2018 through 2028.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 edition, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.