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Welding, Electrical, and Plumbing

Welding, electrical, and plumbing trades are closely tied to construction careers and also in high demand in other areas, including manufacturing, utilities, and facility management.

County vocational-technical schools provide extensive training for students to prepare for these highly technical careers. Training programs lead to industry certification or license, often achieved through a paid apprenticeship that combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The schools’ programs also typically involve area employers eager to not only advise, but recruit students.

Why Welding, Electrical, and Plumbing?

  • American Welding Society says the U.S. could need more than 400,000 new welders by 2024
  • Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters projected to grow 5% from 2020-2030
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, plumbers rank #2 and electricians rank #3 in a list of Best Construction Jobs, which considers salary, flexibility, and growth opportunities, among other factors
A Monmouth County student practices installing electrical wire.
Morris County students take turns practicing welding.
A Monmouth County student places electrical wiring.

Career pathways in this area include:



Pipefitter or steamfitter


Solar installer or technician

Utility technician


Wind turbine installer or technician

For Students And Parents:

To see what welding, electrical, and plumbing programs your county vocational-technical school offers, find your school.

For Adult Students:

To find welding, electrical, and plumbing programs at county vocational-technical schools near you, use the “Find Adult Career Programs” tool.

For More Information About Careers In Welding, Electrical, and Plumbing:

O*Net OnLine has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

View videos on career pathways in welding, electrical and plumbing:

From US Department of Labor Career One-Stop:

From Working Nation on welders:

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