Welders Could Potentially Fetch $120,000 a Year in Shale Country

From the Weirton Daily Times:
Earning $120,000 per year at age 20 is not out of the question for those welding natural gas pipelines in the Marcellus and Utica shale fields, but any worker collecting this salary is sure to toil many hours in challenging conditions. 
“I can’t tell you he only worked 40 hours per week. He probably worked 70 to 80 hours per week,” R. Dennis Xander, past president of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, said. “If you are going to be in the oilfield, there are times when you are not going to be home at night.” 
High school educators from around the Mountain State recently met at West Virginia Northern Community College for an event known as “Teach the Teachers.” Officials with the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia answered questions about how students graduating from high school can gain jobs in the Marcellus and Utica shale industries.
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