At the Infrastructurist.com, there is a list of the five hottest jobs in infrastructure right now. Guess what’s number one. No, really – guess. Stop looking down! No cheating!
Alright, fine. You saw – it’s a Robotic Arc Welding Technician, and not only are they in high demand, but they make a decent amount of money, considering that it only takes a mere two years to get certified!
1. CERTIFIED ROBOTIC ARC WELDING TECHNICIAN – $40,000 TO $50,000
What they do: Arc welding is a common technique of fusing metals, and robotic arc welding–as the name suggests–is this process as preformed by robots.
Automation ensures a higher quality of the weld –up to 50% better – and increases productivity by up to 3 times.
Who maintains these armies of welding robots? A robotic arc welding technician, of course. As Jeff Noruk, president of industry firm Servo Robot puts it, “Robots are like babies. They need care every single day.”
Why it’s hot: As a recent New York Times article points out (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/business/24jobs.html), welders are much in demand these days. That demand is especially acute for certified robotic arc welding technicians:
Noruk estimates that while there are several hundred thousand arc welding robots, there are only 30 certified arc welding technicians in the country, with most welding robots presently being supervised by general electricians or engineers.