The U.S. Department of Labor has developed an automated occupational information database, O*NET, that identifies and describes work content, work skills, and training requirements for all jobs across the country in all sectors of the economy. Much of the occupational information contained in this report is derived directly from the O*NET database, and supplemented with information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, and Labor Market and Career Information.
|Industry||% of Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers employed||Annual Growth Rate|
|Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing||5.2||0.75|
|Building foundation and exterior contractors||3.5||0.53|
|Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing||3.5||1.11|
|Commercial machinery repair and maintenance||3.4||1.70|
|Ship and boat building||3||-1.88|
|Utility system construction||2.9||0.56|
|Motor vehicle parts manufacturing||2.8||1.07|
|Building equipment contractors||2.3||0.41|
|Nonresidential building construction||2.1||0.57|
|2021 Statewide average hourly wage||$24.31|
|2021 National average hourly wage||$23.21|
|2020 National employment||418,200|
|2020 Texas employment||48,334|
|Texas projected employment by 2030||59,531|
|Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030||6,792|
|Region||Employment||Projected Employment 2030||Projected
Annual Openings 2030
|Texas (all regions)||48,334||59,531||6,792||2.11%||$50,560.00|
|Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas||Relevant Importance Levels|
|Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
|Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
|Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
|Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
|Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
|Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
|Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas||Relevant Importance Levels|
|Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
|Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
|Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
|Top 10 Relevant Abilities||Relevant Importance Levels|
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
|Flexibility of Closure
The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.