Career Details

Pipe Fitter


Career Overview

A pipe fitter prepares pipes to be welded together using a variety of methods and couplings.


Completing a trade school program or an apprenticeship directly through a company is required to work in this position. Peter, featured in the video, completed an apprenticeship program through his company.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

A pipe fitter will likely work in a very hot, sometimes uncomfortable environment. The pipe fitter in this video works in a shipyard, but others may work in construction or manufacturing companies. Being in good physical condition is definitely a don't cancel that gym membership! Heavy lifting is required!


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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