Most NDT professionals are trained by online programs, their job, or other NDT companies. There are only a few colleges in the United States that offer degree programs in the field of NDT. Unfortunately, this can be viewed as a limitation as companies are forced to invest in extensive training programs for their workers. Even minimal training can give an entry level worker a foot in the door of the NDT industry.
Many NDT workers are looking to retire soon, which will open up many jobs in the industry. The industry has already seen a lack of new workers replacing those who have retired. In the PQNDT Salary Survey of 2007, the average age of an NDT worker was 43 with 16 years experience. In the 2014 survey, the average age was 45.5 years with 20 years of work experience.
Pursuing a field in a promising career is something all students aim to do. The industry of NDT is growing, and the future looks bright. The 2014 PQNDT Salary Survey reports "With demand for NDT professionals on the rise, compensation in the NDT and inspection industry increased by over 4 percent." It also reports a decrease in unemployment to about 2.5 percent lower than the national average.
A limited number of college NDT programs, retiring workers, and a growing industry has created a high demand for skilled NDT workers. AER is seeking to help fulfill the demand for trained NDT professionals by offering NDT classes open to everyone. Contact us to begin a career in a promising industry.