Career Details



Career Overview

Plumbers install, maintain, and fix various piping systems (including the pipes, fixtures, and other components related to water and waste water disposal).


Some larger organizations or unions provide their own apprenticeship training programs to teach plumbing to individuals. Completing a trade school or two-year college program in plumbing may also help someone to get into this career.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$37,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Welding
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years in the US, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. The outlook doesn't look as great in Canada; there may be a few more people looking for these jobs than there are job openings.

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Work Environment

Most plumbers work in the construction contracting industry. Some of them are self-employed. This is a very physically demanding job. They can work indoors and outdoors, and will likely need to do a lot of heavy lifting and working in tight places. Being in very good physical condition is necessary to obtain this position.


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

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