Keep water moving by installing and maintain pipes.

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Salary Range
$28,000 – $80,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Plumbers do?

Take that mental image of the “traditional” Plumber covered in dirt trying to unclog a toilet and toss it right out the window. With the sophistication of today’s buildings and the equipment available for professionals working in plumbing, the job of a Plumber is not the down and dirty one many imagine it to be.

The plumbing in a building refers to all the pipes that carry water and waste to and from the facility. No one wants to see – or smell! – what’s going on in those pipes. As a Plumber you design and install a system that flows smoothly behind the scenes.

Before construction occurs, you choose and layout the pipe systems that will go in the foundation. This stage is crucial since ripping up foundation to alter a pipe system isn’t an easy task.

Next you continue to add in the pipe systems that run through the walls of the house. Once the home is complete and you’ve checked that the water runs without leaks or problems, you install the fixtures the homeowners will see and use. From toilets and showers to kitchen sinks and washing machines, you control everything and anything dealing with running water.

On a typical day you get calls to check, repair, or install faucets, pipes, and fixtures including sinks or bathtubs. Many times running a snake – a flexible metal device for cleaning out pipes – down a clogged sink or toilet fixes the problem and your job is finished in under five minutes flat.

Should I be a Plumber?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Apprentice Plumber, Commercial Plumber, Drain Technician, Gas Plumber, Hydraulic Plumber, Journeyman Plumber See More

    How to become a Plumber

    Most Plumbers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hhaaa&chl=no+college+%2861%25%29|certificate+%2833%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,61,61
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