Are you tired of being stuck in a manufacturing line or an office cubicle all day long? Are you just finishing high school and looking for a high-paying career but aren't interested in attending a university? Are you good with your hands? Do you like working with people? If you answered yes to these questions, you should look into becoming a plumber.
Benefits of Being a Plumber
There are many advantages of a career as a plumber. A few of the benefits are listed below:
- You can earn a lot of money. Journeyman plumbers can make enough to support a family and live comfortably. Master plumbers can earn over $100,000 a year.
- There is a growing demand for plumbers. According to an online plumbing and mechanical magazine, a third of the plumbers in 2006 were 45 years or older. This means that in a few years there will be a huge shortage of plumbers as this group begins to retire.
- Plumbing demands are high, even during tough economic times. Because modern society is built upon modern plumbing, there will always be a need for plumbers. Even when a homeowner or business is cutting back in other areas, they will still pay a plumber to come fix a broken toilet.
- You get paid for your work during your apprenticeship. This means you earn money while you are still learning how to do your job, unlike colleges and universities that require you to pay them while you learn.
Requirements and Qualifications
As with any job, there are certain requirements for this career choice. Education requirements include two different schooling levels.
- Obtain a high school diploma or equivalent education such as a GED certificate
- Complete an apprenticeship that lasts from 2 to 5 years depending on work experience and other specialized training programs
Additional requirements, skills, and character traits are outlined below:
- Ability to work well in cramped spaces
- Good manual dexterity
- Comfortable with general math
- Work well with people
After you have completed your training and education, the next step is to become a licensed plumber. You will need to pass an examination issued by the state. Every state's requirements are slightly different than other states' requirements. Most licensing exams require proficient knowledge in specific areas:
- Local plumbing codes
- Plumbing procedures
- Proper choice of materials and fittings for any given job
- How to properly use your tools
It is important to obtain specific information for North Carolina's requirements and study those before you take your exam.