|Quick Facts: Boilermakers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$54,640 per year
$26.27 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||19,800|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||21% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||4,200|
Boilermakers assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.
Boilermakers perform physically demanding, dangerous work. Many boilermakers must travel to worksites and live away from home for long stretches of time.
Most boilermakers learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship program. Candidates are more likely to get into training programs if they already have welding experience and certification.
The median annual wage of boilermakers was $54,640 in May 2010.
Employment of boilermakers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth reflects the need to maintain and upgrade existing boilers. Overall job prospects should be favorable because many potential candidates often seek work that is less hazardous and physically demanding.
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