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It was rare to see women picking up a power tool, like a welding machine, and doing heavy work in the past. However, we came a long way since the stone ages when the line between women and men’s work was a lot thicker.
Today, that line is blurry, in some cases even non-existing. The welding industry is considered one of the rare ones where equality between male and female workers has not been achieved.
This is completely untrue!
Some of the most recent trends reveal that women are actually doing more welding work than ever before. Lots of them are quite good at it, and some even weld better than men do.
Actually, girls do have certain advantages that can allow them to be great welders. There are many valid reasons for women to take up welding. See below!
Shortage of Expert Welders
If we look at the current landscape of job opportunities in welding, you won’t see many women there. However, based on the trends, their numbers are rising.
One of the reasons is that many experienced welders are leaving the trade or retiring. Predictions say that we will be experiencing a massive shortage of welders in four years.
Not a lot of people are joining the welding trade. This is where women can thrive. Where there is a shortage, there’s a way.
Women can jump in and fill in the vacant places that men are leaving. Actually, they are doing so right now.
Women are filling in men’s shoes and substituting them, quite successfully, as welders of the future.
Is Welding a Good Career for a Woman?
Being a welder is a very lucrative line of work. Depending on how and where you are appointed as a welder, you stand to earn quite a pretty penny.
Welding is considered one of the best-paid jobs in the world. Many welders are sent half-across the globe to fix equipment that needs mending.
Underwater welding is also very important, as certain pipelines need to be built or maintained. Not to mention going up in high places and fixing infrastructure.
All of these types of jobs are paid quite a hefty sum!
Many women are aware of this. Financial gain is one of the main reasons for joining the welding trade. If you are good at what you are doing, it is no shame to cash in on it.
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Being physically strong is not the main advantage when it comes to welding. Unless you need to bring a bunch of heavy pieces of equipment with you, it is good to have lots of muscles. But being strong does not help you a lot if you want to be a welder.
The main advantages that women have as opposed to men are having a steady hand and holding a better balance than men.
Women’s hands do not shake as much as men’s do. Girls experience hand tremors 1.3 times less than men do. This allows them to do precision welding, which is very important for certain types of work.
Holding balance is really useful if you are welding certain pieces of infrastructure high above the ground. Women have an innate ability that helps them balance themselves better as opposed to men. They owe this to a lower center of gravity thanks to a longitudinal center position at 8% to 15%.
Finally, generally speaking, women take better care of themselves than men do. They follow safety protocols more precisely and do not suffer the same kind of injures as men do mainly because of this reason.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.