A condensed look at the direction of the industry.Some factors that affect the future include; technology, economics,and the lack of skilled trades people. Automated and semi-automated welding processes seem to be coming more common throughout due to increased production and decreased costs per lineal foot, this in turn increases profitability. New processes and better technology are providing welds that are superior at less cost and allow lower operator skill levels. Large numbers of students are currently training to become Welders. Unfortunately training providers cannot seem replace the retiring work-force fast enough to meet the needs of industry now and in the near future.