Early Career

Early Career

Accelerate your ambition

You have the talent and drive — now you just need the right tools to put your career on the fast track.

The Early Career Membership is specifically designed for new welding professionals under the age of 35 or with fewer than five years of industry experience. This is your chance to explore what AWS membership has to offer and gain a competitive edge in the workforce – all at a reduced rate of $55 per year.

As an AWS Early Career member, you can:

  • Stay updated on industry trends, technology, and products through the award-winning Welding Journal digital magazine
  • Receive technical advice from experienced professionals at local AWS Section meetings or online through the AWS Member Network forum with nearly 70,000 members
  • Enjoy discounts on a wide range of AWS educational resources, standards, and conferences
  • Save even more money through partner programs, including insurance (varies by location), business services, shipping, and office supplies, travel deals, and more

View a summary of Early Career Member Benefits in PDF format.

View comparison chart of membership types and benefits.


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Or Call 800.443.9353, (inside the U.S. and Canada)
305.443.9353, (outside the U.S. and Canada)

Annual Dues and Offers

Annual Dues

Annual dues for new members are $55
Annual dues for renewing members are $55

Membership includes digital editions of the award-winning Welding Journal, as well as Inspection Trends magazines. Print issues of Welding Journal are available for an additional $20/year*.

Early Career members are eligible to maintain Early Career status for a maximum of five years.

Bonus Offer for New Members*

Purchase one volume from the Welding Handbook, Volumes 1-5 for $35*

*Additional $50 shipping fee for new members outside of North America.

Connect to colleagues, companies and new opportunities

Local Section Meetings

AWS members gain the opportunity to exchange information and tips, nurture professional contacts and interact with other welding and fabricating industry professionals who have common interests, visions and dreams. Learn more about sections near you.


FABTECH brings 30,000 professionals together to view the latest innovations in materials joining. More than 200 in-depth technical sessions and educational programs allow members to exchange information and share solutions with industry peers.

AWS Member Network

  • Connect with members who think and work like you.
  • Learn from the expertise of others in the community.
  • Share your expertise with other AWS Members.

Career Resources

Visit jobsinwelding.com to take your career to the next level!  Available resources will help you with researching career options, resume writing and interview prep. You can also upload your resume and search for open positions.  Students can look through internship listings to assist with completing their program requirements or get a jump start on their career.

Member Benefit Webinars

Webinars will be scheduled throughout the year to introduce members to various features of their AWS Membership, and offer guidance on how to make the most of their AWS membership. To register for upcoming webinars or view recordings of past webinars, AWS members should log in to the AWS Member Network.

New Member Welcome Webinar

To help our newest members learn more about their AWS member benefits we have launched a quarterly webinar series to provide an overview of what AWS members receive. While new members are the target audience, long-time members are welcome to attend. This online event hosted by AWS staff will provide an overview of AWS Individual Membership benefits, how to navigate the AWS Member Portal, and how to access several features. These online events are free, but registration is required.

February 15, 2023 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register here: aws-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c5Lf2MFMTlWOJHEvjbZ2ng

May 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register here: aws-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RH09dOgpSBux8o072pPyfw

August 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register here: aws-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jlCRXteTSIW9SWKq67jJ0Q

Nobember 15, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register here: aws-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_44MbNdGJQXSFLKnEFS5lxw

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