Welding job market hot nationwide, cool in eastern Kentucky

Hazard, Ky. Students learning to weld in Hazard know they may have to look elsewhere for the jobs they are training for.

"You don't really want to stay around here," said Hazard Community and Technical College student Casey Tarver.

"As far as making a lot of money goes, you probably want to leave eastern Kentucky," he said.

Where there is construction and infrastructure, however, chances are, there are welding jobs, said welding instructor Randy Bowling.

"The outlook everywhere else--they're still building power plants," he said. "Construction--it's going, and you just have to be willing to travel, go away from home to find a good paying job."

HCTC's Dean of Occupational Technology and Workforce Solutions, Jennifer Lindon said not all the jobs involve a permanent move from home.

"There are also opportunities if you want ot drive and maybe stay away for a week and come back home," she said.

HCTC is not the only school offering such classes in the area. The Corbin Area Technology Center is set to offer night classes in welding soon. Information on those courses is available at 606-528-5338

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