Tips on Entering A Career in Plumbing

Tips on Entering A Career in Plumbing

Have you ever wondered what the life of a plumbing professional would be like?  Perhaps you have daydreamed of being a plumber. As you sat in your high-backed office chair staring out the window, you visualized yourself driving that utility truck to someone’s house. The truck is loaded with all the parts, fixtures, and equipment a plumber would need to fix any common problems with pipes, toilets, sinks, or tubs. That feeling of power makes you smile. Wielding a pipe wrench in one hand and a drain snake in another, you have the feeling of invincibility!

Fact is you know that real life for a plumber is a lot like most others. It depends on how well you like what you do that makes the difference. If you like to serve the needs of others, have variety in your work, and get to meet new people every day, then you will enjoy being a professional plumber.

How do I become a professional plumber?
There are a few avenues you can take to become a plumber. Most of those who work in this trade full time and are fully licensed have gone to a trade school or have worked through an apprenticeship program. If you are interested in becoming a plumber, the first thing you need to do is find what educational resources are available in your area. Check the internet for technical schools that offer plumbing as one of their programs of study.

You may prefer to get hired by a local company that hires plumbers or that is qualified to offer apprenticeships. It may be to your benefit to be able to work as you gain all the skills and knowledge required to gain licensure.

What is the job outlook for plumbers?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, the future job prospects for those seeking a plumber trade are quite good. There is a projected 26% increase in the job outlook for this profession over the next ten years. So, if you are interested in this line of work, get into a technical school or find an apprenticeship soon in order to start your career.

 
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