Career Details

Pipe Welder


Career Overview

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding). The welder featured in this video works in a ship building environment.


Completing a trade school program or a two-year college program in welding technology is likely required to obtain this position. Some larger organizations provide their own training programs to teach welding to new employees.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. It is very important to keep up with the latest changes in your industry, so be ready for on-going training once you enter the workforce!

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Work Environment

A pipe welder will likely work in a very hot, sometimes uncomfortable environment. At times, welding in very tight spaces may be necessary. The welder in this video works in a shipyard where at times they are forced to weld with mirrors because of limited spaces. Being in good physical condition is definitely a don't cancel that gym membership!


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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