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:
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.
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.
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.
“I really enjoyed my time at Arclabs. They pushed me to achieve my goals and have gotten me where I wanted to be.”-Piedmont student, Christopher Copeland, who now works at Michelin
"Arclabs really changed my life in more ways than one and I'm proud to be a graduate."- Michael Posey, Columbia
"The school was a great experience. I found that working at my own pace and one-on-one teacher help was great. Thanks Arclabs!"- Hunter Wisham, Piedmont
"I have already recommended this school to a friend. The staff was great, well informed, and professional. The instructors were knowledgeable and very accommodating to my needs in learning."- Cecil Risher, Columbia
"This school is very educational, with very knowledgeable staff. The staff works well with students and are very encouraging. Arclabs is a great welding school and I would highly recommend it to anyone."- Garrett Sloan, Piedmont
"Being previously trained in welding, but out of practice, it was great to be able to come to Arclabs to regain my proficiency and skill. All the instructors and staff have been helpful and understanding which made the experience easier."- Cavan Cox, Piedmont