Is plumbing a good career choice?
Before becoming a trainee, most prospective plumbers ask themselves this question. Is plumbing the right move for me? Why should I be a plumber? For some it’s personal. Their father was a plumber and they want to carry on the legacy. For others, it’s about money, security, or the enjoyment of working with their hands. We love what we do, and we want to share some of the great reasons to consider a career as a professional plumber.
Earn money at the same time you learn your profession.
Plumbing doesn’t require a college degree. An apprentice plumber can learn their craft and earn money at the same time. An apprenticeship can be completed in as little as a year depending on what path you want to take. The average pay for an apprentice is $13.50. That’s significantly above minimum wage and increases greatly after completing certification.
Enjoy great financial growth.
The average plumber earns between $40,000 and $45,000. For plumbers who choose to do it right out of high school, they don’t have any student debt to worry about. Certain plumbing positions can even reach as high as $200,000 a year. It all depends on where you end up practicing. Certain governmental positions come with great benefits as well. Master plumbers can make as much as $100,000 a year, and many go on to start their own businesses.
Plumbing is an evergreen profession.
Growth is projected to increase by 10 – 12% yearly. This makes it a great profession to get into. With the infrastructure in the United States continuing to age, all of the pipes that feed water to cities will need to be replaced. That’s in addition to residential work and commercial construction. Plumbing is a profession you can have for a lifetime. Because it’s local, you never have to worry about your job getting outsourced.
The benefits of a workers union.
There aren’t a lot of jobs still backed by a union. Plumbing is one of them. There are lots of opportunities for a position within a union. That provides you with a guaranteed pay rate and benefits. Unions help keep your position competitive. They work on your behalf and make sure you get the best your position offers.
You’re always doing something different.
Plumbing is never a stale work environment. The position changes depending on where you are and what you’re working on. You get to meet new people all the time and make new contacts on a regular basis. One of our favorite aspects of plumbing is the challenge of it. Diagnosing an issue is like solving a puzzle. It’s incredibly rewarding to solve our customer’s problems. Putting your skills and critical thinking to work every day is great.
The job is rewarding.
Plumbing is an incredibly rewarding profession. We love what we do. One aspect of the position you may not realize is how much we head off problems. As a plumber, you’ll always be analyzing and diagnosing symptoms. It’s gratifying to catch an issue before it becomes a problem. Saving homeowners money feels good. Plumbing issues can weigh on a customer. When they are repaired by professionals it alleviates that stress.