Chances of getting a job as a welder are good because:
- many existing welders are nearing retirement age
- not enough people are being trained to meet the demand for workers
- trained welders are leaving New Zealand to work overseas for higher pay rates
- New Zealand manufacturers need welders to build machinery components for export.
Welders needed for construction boom
Welder and fitter-welder appear on Immigration New Zealand's construction and infrastructure skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled welders from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 3,048 welders worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Welders work in a variety of industries
Welders can work for businesses in a wide range of industries, including:
- automotive engineering
- marine construction
- building and construction
- machinery and equipment manufacturing
- specialised craft and equipment making and repair.
Ten percent of welders are self-employed.