Boilermakers assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.
Boilermakers perform physically demanding and dangerous work. Many boilermakers must travel to worksites and live away from home for long periods.
Most boilermakers learn their trade through an apprenticeship program. Candidates are more likely to be accepted into training programs if they already have welding experience and certification.
The median annual wage for boilermakers was $60,120 in May 2015.
Employment of boilermakers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Workers with welding experience and general mechanical aptitude will have the best job opportunities.
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