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Career and Education Opportunities for Steel Workers in North Dakota

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its most populous city is Fargo.

Steel workers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Bismarck, North Dakota area. Currently, 220 people work as steel workers in North Dakota. This is expected to grow 15% to about 250 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for steel workers, which sees this job pool growing by about 12.4% over the next eight years. Steel workers generally raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks.

A person working as a steel worker can expect to earn about $18 hourly or $38,400 per year on average in North Dakota and about $20 per hour or $43,010 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for steel workers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Metal Working and Welding in North Dakota, and not quite as good as the overall Metal Working and Welding category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Bismarck where you can study to be a steel worker, among six schools of higher education total in the Bismarck area. The most common level of education for steel workers is a high school diploma or GED. It will take only a short time to learn to be a steel worker if you already have a high school diploma.

In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. About 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist destinations include the Fargo Air Museum, the West Acres Regional Shopping Center, and the Red River Valley Genealogical Society.

CITIES WITH Steel Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN North Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Steel Worker

Steel Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, steel workers raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. They also may erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.

Every day, steel workers are expected to be able to lift, push and move large and heavy objects. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they coordinate both hands in a single activity.

LOCATION INFORMATION: North Dakota

North Dakota
North Dakota photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its largest city is Fargo. In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. Approximately 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist attractions include the Red River Valley Genealogical Society, the Gallery 4 Ltd, and the West Acres Regional Shopping Center.