Securing your child's future?

The world is changing. Many students and their parents feel no choice but to pursue a four-year degree from a traditional college, often racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt. But is the investment paying off?

The numbers aren’t promising: Tuition costs for traditional schools continue to skyrocket, many reaching $60,000 per year. 80% of students leave with a crippling debt. Many of them lack the hands-on job experience and practical skills that hiring managers are after. 41% of graduates from the nation’s top colleges could not find jobs in their chosen field.

Real-life skills–not degrees–are swiftly becoming the currency of the job market. As the traditional model becomes outdated, vocational schools offer an exciting and rewarding alternative. Here are several reasons to consider sending your child to a welding school:

The welding industry is booming.

More than 50% of US products require the work of welders–from smartphones to tractors to aircraft carriers. In South Carolina alone, welding manufacturers employ 12% of the workforce.

Welding offers diverse, exciting opportunities.

For welders eager for excitement and adventure, there are opportunities to travel with NASCAR racing teams, to install pipelines in Alaska and Canada, or to sail on cruise ships and aircraft carriers.

Welding offers a secure financial future.

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 skill, like electric power generation, transmission, and distribution, the salary increases to $76,600. At the top of the spectrum, traveling industrial pipe welders can earn up to $185,000 a year.

The welding industry needs trained, experienced welders.

As more and more welders retire, there is growing need for experienced and skilled welders who can fill in the gaps. 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.

Despite the need, nearly half of U.S. industries report difficulties locating skilled welders. NAM (what is this) 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. Although there is a high demand for skilled, experienced welders, employers want to be sure that they are hiring qualified, properly trained welders.


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Why Choose Arc Labs:

  • 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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