Training for a career in a skilled trade like welding can lead to a security and success. Demand is high for skilled welders, and there are plenty of opportunities for upward mobility in this field. Men and women from all backgrounds have prospered while fulfilling their passion for fusing metals. Learn about a few different scenarios below:
Case Study #1: Young Welder Finds Success Early
Welding training can be completed in a little as seven months, allowing graduates to enter the field and start earning sooner. While the average annual wage for welders in 2014 was just over $40,000, some young welding professionals have quickly surpassed this number. Just one year after high school, 19-year-old Devon Ramsey is already earning well over $75,000 a year after graduating from the welding program at Tulsa Welding School. As his peers struggle to pick a major in college, he’s planning his retirement. Ramsey wishes public schools would do more to inform students that technical school can lead to a lucrative career in the skilled trades.
Case Study #2: Women in Welding—Then and Now
During World War II, when most able-bodied men were overseas, welding jobs allowed women to enter the workforce. The U.S. government actively recruited women to become welders with the “Rosie the Riveter” campaign. During the war, women like Zaddie Johnson found fulfillment and sustainable careers in welding—at one point she even led a group of all female welders working in a shipyard.
Rosie the Riveter still serves as an inspiration for female welders today. She was a role model for young Navajo tribeswoman Trisha Haswood, who started with welding classes in school and then went on to graduate from a welding school with degrees in welding and industrial technology. Her passion for welding is so great that she’s competed in the National Skills USA contest three years in a row. Her most recent presentation was on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Now she’s working on becoming a certified welding inspector and hopes to teach one day.
Case Study #3: Successful Welding Entrepreneur
Joe Chandler has a fantastic success story. As an African American in the mid-1960s, his career in welding did not start out easy. With the support of his loving wife—and a great deal of persistence—he opened a welding shop at an airport in Miami, Florida. In the beginning, customers would not believe he owned the shop because of his race, but, over time, he became a respected business owner. After continually investing his earnings back into the shop, he now has plans for expansion. His advice for young welders who want to go into business for themselves is to never give up. He says that if you enjoy what you do, you’ll be successful.
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Great Welding Careers Start with Training
Obtaining a welding degree at an accredited welding school is the first step toward a successful career in welding. It is easy to get started—just contact TWS. The training is fun, interesting, and can be finished in a short time, allowing you to start earning right away.