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reply to post by Brotherman
Brotherman, the highly active 'Marcellus Shale' oil and gas formation is in the Western and Nothern parts of PA not far from your location, it is one of the largest shale fields being drilled, and lots of employment including welders is likely, you might see if that is a good opportunity in your state for welders..
Map of the Marcellus Shale formation: