Currently those that employ skilled trade professionals like welders are struggling to find qualified individuals to fill positions within the industry. At Missouri Welding Institute, we proudly train hundreds of exceptional new welders to join the workforce every year. We feel that the brightest and most talented graduates entering the workforce come from our welding booths. It is time to join the trade revolution, and MWI is the way to enter the most rewarding section of the industry, welding.
The entire U.S. is in the midst of what they are referring to as a labor shortage. This labor shortage is much worse than it has been in previous years and indicates an extremely positive outlook for skilled workers. The current shortage is due to the fact that there are more jobs open than there are qualified individuals to fill them. Coupled with the high cost of a traditional college degree, the blue collar sector is experiencing a renaissance. Employers who need certified master welders are scrambling to hire welders that are not even fully certified, meaning that welding jobs are pretty much out there for the taking. As a welder, this labor shortage can be to your advantage.
What once was a relatively low paying profession, welding has jumped to a highly respectable pay rate in a relatively short period of time. It is not uncommon for a welder working in certain fields to make six figures, and that is not an exaggeration. With enough time in the industry, your skills become more and more valuable meaning more and more money. There is a growing interest in trades as a viable option after high school and even more interest as a second career for those disenchanted with their current profession.
Of course higher pay is not always the only reason to explore a particular career field as an option. Sometimes job satisfaction will influence an individual to pursue a new career as much as the promise of high pay. When you become a certified welder, you can have the best of both worlds. When you weld, you are physically working towards a tangible goal that you can look back on at the end of the day. This kind of results-based work can yield feelings of satisfaction that cannot be replicated in many degree dependent jobs.
Breaking The Stigma
For years there has been a stigma against trades such as welding, mechanics, and carpentry. The assumption being, they are not as valuable as professions that are seen as much more prestigious. Professions like welding were often looked at as being low paying, unskilled jobs that were only for those that could not make it in a four year college. These biases could not be further from the truth. Some of the fastest growing and lucrative jobs in the country are not in the tech industry but in the trades. This is a shift that has occurred in the last few years and is poised to be the standard in the future.
Back in the 1980s there was a study completed that outlined the fact that America was lagging behind in areas like math, science, and highly technical trades. This created a panic among the general population and much of the educational resources were funneled into promoting higher education. While that does not seem like a bad thing, the repercussions were felt years later and ultimately led to the labor shortage we have today. Shop classes disappeared from high schools; universities were exclusively presented to students; and the trades were generally devalued. Many times a high school student would not even be aware of the opportunities in the trades, because the university was pushed so heavily in American schools. This took away opportunity from the industries like welding and mechanics to recruit some outstanding individuals. This stigma has made it difficult for those that really want to excel in the trades to realize their full potential. They become mired in student debt and may have a dissatisfaction with their jobs. Slowly, these stigmas are being torn down and the trades are becoming viable career paths for many.
Fortunately, we are seeing a shift in the attitudes of the general population when it comes to skilled trades. While the labor shortage has a little bit to do with the changing attitudes, the main culprit seems to be the media. The rise of videos and television programs that deal with skilled trades has caused a renewed interest in professions like welding and mechanics. This exposure has created an awareness that was not as prominent before, and thousands of potential workers are making the choice to pursue careers in the trades.
Securing Your Future at MWI
While the labor shortage is a problem that is far from being solved, there are more individuals interested in careers such as welding. At Missouri Welding Institute, we are one of the premier welding certification schools in the industry. From our humble beginnings in 1994 with an enrolment of 34 to currently serving over 500 students, we are committed to training the next generation of certified master welders. While any trade school can teach someone to weld, we believe in developing a sense of pride, integrity, and work ethic into our curriculum. Through our innovative instruction, a student can expect to be held accountable for their work and their attitude. They are in control of their destiny, and we simply give them the tools to succeed. If you are interested in becoming the best welder you can be, there is no better place to start than MWI. We would encourage anyone who would like to explore the welding field to visit our campus and see if it is a good fit for your goals. Through hard work and dedication to your craft the benefits can be astronomical. For more information about the courses Missouri Welding Institute offers, career planning, and veteran’s services, please contact us today, and begin your journey to Master Welding Certification.