American Welding Society

Career Outlook

By 2027, it is projected that the U.S. will need over 360,000, 90,000 average welding jobs to be filled annually between 2023–2027. Welding professionals  the demand is at an all-time high! This means that many careers in welding come with excellent compensation and benefits packages, as well as opportunities for advancement abound. Click Here to find out more about in-demand welding careers built for your lifestyle. 

Careers Represented by Association

The AWS serves and represents a variety of professional careers in the welding industry. Check out these 15 career paths to learn more about where welding can take you! 

Welder Fabricator
Welding Technician
Welding Educator
Welding Research Scientist
Underwater Welder
Robotic Welding Technician
Technical Sales
Welding Engineer
Welding Inspector
Welding Supervisor

Educational Opportunities

Keep Learning and Keep Your Career Growing! Whether you’re new to welding or seeking advanced training to pursue bigger opportunities, AWS is your one-stop resource for up-to-date educational resources. You’ll find online courses, career path information, school locations, scholarship opportunities, industry articles and much more – all here to help you reach that next level of expertise. Explore a few opportunities below: 

AWS Foundation Scholarships 

Certified Welder Program 

Certified Welding Inspector Program 

AWS Conferences  

More Educational Opportunities! 

Brief Overview

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action, as well as inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today. 

AWS serves over 70,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters. The Society is dedicated to supporting hundreds of thousands of industry professionals, including: welders, business leaders, sales and service teams, manufacturers, vendors, associations, educational institutions, committee volunteers, and students. 

FREE Student Membership

The AWS Foundations awards more than $2 Million in Scholarships – APPLY TODAY

    Enter your email for info on about this association

    Typical Education

    Welding is an essential component in many industries which involves a variety of career types; from the welders joining the metal together, to the welding engineers designing the product. Typically, most welding careers will require a high school diploma and some formal welding training or a welding certification. Depending on the career path you choose, more advanced education may be needed. To find out more about the different types of welding careers and education requirements, check out 

    Upcoming Events

    AWS Events