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Welders and Welding Technicians

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Approximately 438,900 welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are employed in the United States. Workers in welding occupations work in a variety of settings. About 63 percent of welders are employed in manufacturing plants that produce fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery, and architectural and structural metals. Most of the remaining welders work for repair shops or construction companies that build bridges, large buildings, pipelines, and similar metal structures. All welding machine operators work in manufacturing industries.

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