Look around you. Metal is everywhere! Your car. Your tools. Your pipes. Your sports medals. The list goes on and on. Why? Our world’s infrastructure depends on metals, which means welders are in high demand. Welding is a critical job skill to other local high-growth jobs such as plumbers and pipefitters, auto body repair technicians, and construction workers. Texas Workforce Commission projects a 4.3% job growth increase for welders and solders through 2024. The hourly median wage of those jobs: $17.91.