These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Welders

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago
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It’s tough to be a welder nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a welder isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become welders in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many welders no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former welders to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former welders:

  1. Welder Fitter
  2. Maintenance Technician
  3. Pipe Welder
  4. Mechanic
  5. Machine Operator
  6. Structural Welder
  7. Millwright
  8. Technician
  9. Maintenance Welder
  10. Sheet Metal Mechanic

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a welder would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former welders to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former welders:

  1. Mechanic
  2. Millwright
  3. Sheet Metal Mechanic
  4. Operator
  5. Iron Worker
  6. Carpenter
  7. Equipment Operator
  8. Weld Inspector
  9. Machinist
  10. Quality Control Inspector

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Welders

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed welder under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a welder, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former welders.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Welders

Job Title Rank %
Welder Fitter 1 5.06%
Maintenance Technician 2 2.71%
Pipe Welder 3 1.75%
Mechanic 4 1.28%
Machine Operator 5 1.23%
Structural Welder 6 1.18%
Millwright 7 0.96%
Technician 8 0.96%
Maintenance Welder 9 0.94%
Sheet Metal Mechanic 10 0.86%
Tig Welder 11 0.83%
Driver 12 0.77%
Owner 13 0.74%
Lead Welder 14 0.74%
Owner/Operator 15 0.72%
Forklift Operator 16 0.71%
Millwright/Welder 17 0.71%
Supervisor 18 0.68%
Operator 19 0.66%
Iron Worker 20 0.66%
Mig Welder 21 0.61%
Carpenter 22 0.59%
Equipment Operator 23 0.58%
Weld Inspector 24 0.57%
Machinist 25 0.55%
Quality Control Inspector 26 0.53%
Truck Driver 27 0.51%
Farm Hand 28 0.49%
Combo Welder 29 0.48%
Heavy Equipment Operator 30 0.48%
Sales Associate 31 0.48%
Material Handler 32 0.48%
Pipefitter/Welder 33 0.46%
Service Technician 34 0.45%
Foreman 35 0.45%
Fabricator 36 0.45%
Welder-Assembler 37 0.45%
Electrician 38 0.42%
Metal Fabricator 39 0.41%
Customer Service Representative 40 0.41%
Assembler 41 0.4%
Crane Operator 42 0.38%
Field Service Technician 43 0.37%
Numerical Control Operator 44 0.35%
Ship Fitter 45 0.34%
Pipe Fitter 46 0.34%
Delivery Driver 47 0.33%
Lead Person 48 0.33%
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 49 0.33%
Team Leader 50 0.33%
Journeyman Welder 51 0.33%
Welding Supervisor 52 0.32%
Warehouse Worker 53 0.32%
Production Supervisor 54 0.32%
Boilermaker Welder 55 0.32%
Operations Manager 56 0.31%
Ironworker/Welder 57 0.31%
Shop Foreman 58 0.31%
Diesel Mechanic 59 0.29%
Project Manager 60 0.29%
Production Worker 61 0.28%
Cook 62 0.28%
Press Operator 63 0.28%
Forklift Driver 64 0.27%
Welding Foreman 65 0.27%
Combination Welder 66 0.26%
Helper 67 0.26%
Painter 68 0.26%
Journeyman 69 0.26%
Cashier 70 0.26%
Manager 71 0.25%
Floor Hand 72 0.25%
Inspector 73 0.24%
Superintendent 74 0.24%
Welder Helper 75 0.23%
Certified Welding Inspector 76 0.23%
Welder/Machinist 77 0.23%
Security Officer 78 0.22%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic 79 0.2%
Aluminum Welder 80 0.2%
Ranch Hand 81 0.2%
Welder First Class 82 0.2%
Welder Operator 83 0.2%
Engineer 84 0.19%
Coal Miner 85 0.19%
Robotic Welder 86 0.18%
Quality Control 87 0.18%
Warehouse Associate 88 0.18%
Maintenance Supervisor 89 0.17%
Internship 90 0.17%
Assistant Manager 91 0.17%
Boiler Maker 92 0.17%
Manufacturing Engineer 93 0.16%
Construction Worker 94 0.16%
Engineering Technician 95 0.16%
Welder-Machine Operator 96 0.16%
General Manager 97 0.16%
Woodworking Shop Hand 98 0.16%
Installer 99 0.16%
Ship Worker 100 0.16%

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