The Future for NDT
More high school graduates are furthering their education these days. But as they graduate from college, jobs are becoming more and more scarce. Something these graduates are over looking is the growing demand for technical jobs. This is apparent in the non-destructive testing (NDT) field, technicians are in high demand.
The need for NDT technicians is rapidly growing around the globe. The main reason for the growth, is the fact that infrastructures become outdated and new projects bring something different to the job market. This varies in certain regions, for example, when Marcellus Shale was impacting our region, the need for NDT technicians grew.
As demand for qualified technicians rises, so does the revenue growth of the industry. It is projected to reach $18.88 billion by 2020. This is projected from 2015 through 2020. This information was provided by Markets and Markets.
The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing has seen this demand for qualified technicians. They have a 95% job placement rate for new graduates and the demand keeps growing in all fields of NDT. Let’s look at the college graduate side of the business work force, “62 percent of U.S. college graduates had a job that required a college degree. Second, the authors estimated that just 27 percent of college grads had a job that was closely related to their major.” (The Washington Post)
The cost to be trained in NDT varies by school. It is very apparent that the overall cost and time to be trained is greatly lower than that of a four year institution.
Maybe it is time to look past the bachelors degree and instead, look towards a technical trade in NDT.