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WOMEN IN WELDING

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Welding is a vibrant and dynamic career path that expects significant growth in employment opportunities during this decade. The American Welding Society anticipates a shortage of 300,000 welders by 2024, and the industry needs women to help fill these jobs. However, welding remains one of the most male-dominated occupations in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up only 5% of all welders in the U.S. in 2022. 

WHY JUST SHATTER THE GLASS CEILING WHEN YOU CAN TORCH IT?

You can earn your certificate or associate’s degree in under two years as a student in one of New York’s community college programs in welding. In addition to hands-on training in welding processes and techniques, these programs will prepare you for the New York State Certification Examination. By enrolling in a Career and Technical Education program, you’ll have the option to start your welding career right away or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue your bachelor’s degree in welding engineering technology. Whichever path you choose, you’ll help trailblaze a path for women and girls into a red-hot welding career.

 

Did you know?

Welding skills can lead to opportunities in the arts as well as in industry! Follow the career path of Jenny Horstman, a Southern Adirondack Education Center alum, from San Francisco to the Alaska pipeline to her Fort Ann, NY studio, where she gives scrap metal and discarded hardware a second life as larger-than-life equine sculptures. Visit Jenny’s Facebook page to see examples of her work.

 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: DELANEY NICHOLS, ALFRED STATE COLLEGE

welding student Delany Nichols at Alfred state college Delaney Nichols, a 2023 Vanguard Award winner and Alfred State College of Technology student, started her college career studying chemistry, but she soon found herself drawn to the broad career possibilities and hands-on learning provided by the school’s welding program.

In a press release on Alfred State’s website, Delaney explained: “I grew up in my father’s shop. I really enjoy the technical aspects of welding. It can be artistic at times, and you can really get creative. “ Commenting on her award, she noted, “This honor is really awesome… I just hope that it inspires other people, especially women, to try out a trade.” 

Learn more about Delaney’s experiences as a female welding student in her video profile, featured on the Vanguard Awards website. The Vanguard Awards recognize outstanding students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that are nontraditional for their gender.

  

QUICK FACTS about Jobs and Careers in Welding

Welding Programs at NYS Community Colleges

  • Projected job growth in New York State, 2020-2030: 23%
  • Projected annual job openings in New York State, 2020-2030: 1,510
  • Annual median salary, New York State, 2022: $49,850 

Source: O*NET Online

 

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