Welding can very rewarding and creative work!
Here is general information for a person considering a career in welding: http://www.thefabricator.com/article/arcwelding/planning-a-career-in-welding-a-young-persons-guide
Here is a link to a national organization to which welders belong, if your reference librarian at your local library could help you ocate a local chapter of this organization, their members would be able to provide much important information. Many times these organizations have scholarships and intern and coop programs or know of ones that exist. You could go to a meeting as a guest http://www.aws.org/resources/detail/job-outlook-for-welders
This is a list of welding shops in and around Rockwall. Many of them look very interesting. You could gain a lot of information by visiting some of these and saying that you are interested in pursuing welding as a career and see what advice they might have for you. http://www.yellowbook.com/s/welding-shop/surrounding-rockwall-tx/
Here is the government outlook for welding: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes512041.htm
Let me know if this helps. I would like to help more if I can. Please keep me informed.