Why Become A Plumber?

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Plumbing is a fulfilling career that allows one to combine knowledge and innovation with the ability to create and build with your hands. It also offers tremendous benefits and career potential.

On The Job Training:

While many career paths require years of schooling and lots of money, in the field of plumbing you will be trained while on the job – and while making money. Not only do plumbers begin to earn while they are at the apprentice level, they also forgo significant tuition payments and debt from student loans as all of their instruction is hands on and done while on the job. As NYC Mayor Bloomberg pointed out on his radio show in May of this year:

“Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College — being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal. You don’t spend … four years spending $40,000, $50,000 in tuition without earning income.”

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As a plumber, you have great earning potential. In 2011, the average plumber made approximately $52,000. With that said, Time Magazine points out that in cities across the US, such as New York, LA, Chicago and Boston, plumbers are in high demand and can make up to $250,000/year!

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Job Security & Nationwide Opportunities:

Plumbing is one of the fastest-growing jobs in this country. The plumbing field is expected to grow 21% from 2012-2022 – this growth is expected across the country. That means that the reported 386,900 jobs back in 2012 will multiply into more than 450,000 jobs by 2022.* Plumbing also offers a secure job, as plumbing services will always be in demand, plumbers are not at risk of losing their jobs to machines, and plumbing jobs cannot be outsourced for cheaper labor overseas.

Throughout the United States, plumbers can find job opportunities – plumbing is and always will be in homes and businesses across the US, after all. The chart below, provided by MyNextMove.org, shows the current demand for plumbers per state. The states in orange currently have a high demand for plumbers and the states in light blue have an average demand.

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Jobs Are Available Now

Becoming a plumber grants you the opportunity to find a job today. The demand for skilled tradespeople continues to grow. As Mike Rowe, the host of the TV series Dirty Jobs, pointed out in his speech to the Senate Commerce Committee on May 11, 2011, there is an intense need for plumbers and other skilled tradespeople.

‘Right now, American manufacturing is struggling to fill 200,000 vacant positions. There are 450,000 openings in trades, transportation and utilities. The Skills Gap is real, and it’s getting wider. In Alabama, a third of all skilled tradesmen are over 55. They’re retiring fast, and no one is there to replace them.’
– Mike Row

Watch Mike’s entire speech here

Opportunity for advancing your career

Becoming a plumber offers you amazing earnings potential. It also offers you the potential to carve your own career path, with great opportunities for advancement for hard working individuals. From the starting position of a field technician you can climb the plumbing career ladder to gain more responsibility, begin to manage jobs and individuals, and ultimately make more money. Plumbers can advance from service technicians to installers, operation managers and distribution managers based on their hard work and commitment to their field.


Page citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters,
on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/plumbers-pipefitters-and-steamfitters.htm (visited August 01, 2015)..


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