Welders are detail-oriented masters of cutting and joining metal using high heat. With more than 80 welding specialties, welders have the flexibility to work just about anywhere.

Job Outlook 2016–2026*

+9% expected growth

Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred = Apprenticeship during or after high school


  • Utilize welding machines to cut or fuse metals such as aluminum or steel
  • Understand blueprints and calculate dimensions and specifications for the welds
  • Safely clean, set up and maintain the equipment
  • Supervise the process to prevent overheating

Wages in Arkansas

Top 10% Annual = $60,460*

Average Annual = $36,620**
Average Hourly = $17.16**

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