Thank you, Ronnie Womack
Ronnie recommends the following next steps:
I would suggest starting out with Structural welding to get your welding skills honed in and learn how welding works, learn how to use different welding techniques and processes like GMAW, SMAW (MIG, Stick) and FCAW (Flux-cored Welding), then you can use those skills to begin practicing fitting pipe and welding pipe if you find a job in an industrial company that offers a range of welding services.
I started out as structural and did that for around 5 years before transitioning over to pipe. I loved both but I enjoy pipe welding more and the money, wealth of knowledge and skills you learn along the way are priceless. Good luck!