High School Students

Are you a high school student who’s ready to be finished with school? Does clocking in 8:00 to 5:00 in a cubicle sound depressing to you? If you’re not sure your next step will be after after high school, four years in a college classroom is not your only option. Welding offers an exciting and rewarding alternative. If you’re a high school senior, here are several reasons to consider a career in welding:

Get training in a booming industry.

More than 50% of U.S. products require the work of welders—from smartphones to tractors to aircraft carriers. In South Carolina alone, welding manufacturers employ 12% of the state’s workforce. Texas is home to more than 1 in 10 welders in the United States, which makes Texas the top state to employ welders.

Get paid to travel.

Do you like excitement and adventure? Want to get paid to travel? NASCAR racing teams need welders to maintain and repair custom cars. Welders are needed to travel to Alaska and Canada to install pipelines. Cruise ships and aircraft carriers need welders as well.

Get paid well.

According to recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average welding salary is $43,410. For welding jobs that require more technical skills, such as electric power generation, transmission, and distribution, the salary increases to $76,600.

The demand for skilled, experienced welders is high, but employers need to have the confidence that they are hiring qualified, properly-trained professionals who know how to work in today’s welding field. That’s where Arclabs comes in: we provide training that helps future welders learn the skills necessary to start a career in an expanding industry.

why choose welding as a career


  • More than 50% of US products require the work of welders–from smartphones to tractors to aircraft carriers.
  • 2 out of 3 welder jobs are in manufacturing.
  • According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturers in South Carolina account for 17% of the total output in the state, employing 12% of the workforce.
  • The average age of a welder is 54, which means there is growing need for experienced and skilled welders who can fill in the gap.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26% by 2020. This makes welding one of the fastest growing professions in America.
  • Nearly half of U.S. industries report difficulties locating skilled welders.
  • NAM reports that 60% of manufacturers typically turn away half of all applicants due to a lack of proper skill and training in the welding industry.

Sources: National Association of Manufacturers, American Welding Society, CareersinWelding.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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