What a Plumber Does and How to Become a Plumber

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.

How to Become a Plumber

Becoming a plumber takes time and there are different levels and specialties of plumbers. Each stage of a plumber career has prerequisites that need to be completed in order to move to the next phase of a career. Whether you decide to attend plumbing school or learn under a licensed plumber, the below sections will help you in your decision making process.

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“If you’re looking for a job where you can provide a good life for your family, I wouldn’t recommend any other trade ahead of the plumbing trade. People who get into the plumbing trade today are going to set themselves up for a very good future.”

Dave J.

Roto-Rooter Master Plumber & Midwest Region VP

Roto-Rooter Master Plumber and Midwest Region VP
A Career at Roto-Rooter

What Does it Take?

What are the Benefits of Being a Plumber?

There are many advantages to becoming a plumber and pursuing a career as a plumber. Here are just a few:

  • High Salary Potential: Journeyman plumbers can make enough to support a family and live comfortably. Master plumbers can earn over $100,000 a year.
  • High Demand: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Economic Stability: Consumer demand for plumbing services remains high even during tough economic times. There will always be a need for plumbers. Home or business owners may cut back in other areas, but they will still pay a plumber to come fix a broken toilet.
  • Paid Training: Companies will pay you 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.
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