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
Career pathways in this area include:
Pipefitter or steamfitter
Solar installer or 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:
View videos on career pathways in welding, electrical and plumbing:
From US Department of Labor Career One-Stop:
From Working Nation on welders: