Looking for a hot job? Try welding.

Markus Bogans used to spend his days selling foreclosed property for Wells Fargo, and before that, he handled Lending Tree mortgages.

But both companies had laid him off within a year. Eager to change careers, he traded in his suit and tie for a blow torch and welding hood.

The Charlotte man recently enrolled in welding school, WEC Welding Institute in Rock Hill, where he practiced welding last week crouched next to a six-inch carbon steel pipe.

“There's no hope for the banking industry, and the housing market is pretty bad,” said Bogans, 29. “I wanted something I could stick with and take anywhere.”

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