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, and Welder Fitters employed||Annual Growth Rate|
|Architectural and structural metals mfg.||11.8||0.27|
|Ag., construction, and mining machinery mfg.||5.1||1.32|
|Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing||4.9||0.34|
|Other general purpose machinery manufacturing||4.2||-0.12|
|Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg.||3.7||0.13|
|Other fabricated metal product manufacturing||3.7||0.20|
|Commercial machinery repair and maintenance||3.7||1.40|
|Ship and boat building||3.4||-0.44|
|Motor vehicle parts manufacturing||2.6||0.47|
|Nonresidential building construction||2.2||1.37|
|HVAC and commercial refrigeration equipment||2||-0.51|
|2018 Statewide average hourly wage||$22.18|
|2018 National average hourly wage||$21.33|
|2016 National employment||404,800|
|2016 Texas employment||54,410|
|Texas projected employment by 2026||64,155|
|Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026||7,183|
|Region||Employment||Projected Employment 2026||Projected
Annual Openings 2026
|Texas (all regions)||54,410||64,155||7,183||1.66%||$46,140.00|
|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 design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
|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.
|Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas||Relevant Importance Levels|
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
|Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
|Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
|Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
|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 imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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 exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).