What would you choose? I’ve already been a welder for years along with working in prisons for years.. I think I’d stay with welding but change to being a Rig/pipeline welder. Work of my own rig traveling on the pipelines about 9 months a year.. I picked a hard way to go in my career when I was young. Made it harder than it had to be. I switched over from welding to LE and still ended up welding in a prison..took me years working my way up through three prison systems until I started making a good living.. Had it to do over I would have hit the pipeline and been making $150K+ a year..