The Welder Shortage in the United States

by Kim Shackelford 8. April 2014 18:03

CNNMoney recently published a list of “10 Hard-to-fill jobs.” Number 8 on that list was Welder. Why are welding jobs so hard to fill? These positions average a 12 week or more recruiting process for most employers, mainly due to the manufacturing skills gap.

The manufacturing skills gap is a term often used to describe the “gap” between the number of skilled tradesmen and women available in the workforce and the number of jobs requiring these skills. The gap is due to many different factors, including the public perception during the 1980’s that the manufacturing industry in the United States was dying. This perception caused young workers who may have pursued careers in welding, machining or industrial maintenance to pursue other career paths. Over time, as the existing skilled workers retired or moved into other positions, the skills gap emerged. The number of welders alone has declined by almost 37% since the 1980’s, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While it is true that the manufacturing industry has faced some challenges, in the past decade, there has been a movement to once again value manufacturing as a vital part of the economy. Many companies have brought their existing operations back from overseas or expanded their business and built new plants right here in the U.S. There are over 10,000 manufacturing companies in Georgia alone. These companies need workers! Especially welders!

Are you a worker looking for a new career? Consider training as a welder. Welding is not just a job. There are many different types of welding and many opportunities for specialization. Most basic certification programs require 1-2 years of classroom training and hands on work experience. Here is a list from the American Welding Society of certification programs in Georgia:


               Are you an experienced welder looking for a new job? Send your resume to Here are a few of our current welding positions:


-1st Shift Welders

Temp to Hire

$14-$18/hour, based on experience


Several welders needed for large manufacturing company located in Gwinnett-Snellville/Loganville area.  Must have MIG and TIG experience as well as be able to read blue prints. Company offers excellent working environment, great benefits and stability.


-2nd Shift Welders

Temp to Hire


Immediate need for mig welders with fabrication experience/knowledge.  Clarkston/Scottdale area.  Recent technical school graduates will be considered as well as candidates with on the job experience.  Company offers room to grow, excellent benefits and competitive wages.


-1st Shift Welders
Temp to Hire


Construction related company is looking for structural welders to build I beams, stair railings and staircases.  Locations in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.


-Night Shift Welders

6pm-6am 6G TIG pipe welding on boiler tubes.  Must have welding experience or have recently graduated from a technical school welding program.


Please check our job board regularly, as our positions are constantly changing with the needs of local manufacturing companies.


               And finally, are you a company looking for welders? It can be difficult to find time to recruit while also maintaining day-to-day operations. Let Impact Staffing do the recruiting for you. Our recruiters specialize in filling skilled industrial positions. We know the right questions to ask to find truly qualified welders and manage upfront hiring hassles, like drug testing and paperwork. Call 678-937-9240 or visit our website at for more information.



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