Unemployment is looming over us nationwide, hovering at about 8% for several months. Meanwhile, America’s leader in plumbing and drain cleaning services, Roto-Rooter, is hiring and in many cases cannot find skilled plumbers to fill positions. This economy is affecting the career paths of people, whether starting out or having to start over, and the plumbing industry is a time tested trade with advantages for many types of workers.
In an article in the Providence Business Journal, Roto-Rooter master plumber Dave Jones explains, “People don’t realize the money that can be made in the plumbing field because licensed plumbers are in high demand. I love the trade business because it is recession-resistant-people always need plumbers and this is one job that cannot be outsources overseas.”
One of the issues facing the industry is a negative perception of trade jobs. However, plumbers are needed and play a crucial role in maintaining the infrastructure of our society and its health. An apprentice plumber with Roto-Rooter earns about $43,000 per year, while a master plumber can earn over $100,000 per year in many markets, which is a lot more than any entry level graduate can make.
People, who enjoy working with their hands, don’t want to sit behind a desk and like variety in their job can excel as a plumber. In today’s changing economy, with unemployment affecting more than 12.5 million Americans, plumbing is a stable career.