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PLUMBER, IN-DEPTH: You Learn On The Job Every Day

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Jerrod, a Plumber, shares what he likes most about his job, how he got into it, how hard it is to get into the field, and his work-life balance. The field is always changing and evolving, so you're constantly having to learn new things. His work-life balance is great.

Job Title: Plumber

Job Summary: Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Job Description

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair pipes that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases to and in businesses, homes, and factories.

On-the-Job Training

Apprenticeship

Additional Info

Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary, most states and localities require workers to have 2 to 5 years of experience and to pass an exam that tests their knowledge of the trade and of local plumbing codes before they are permitted to work independently. Several states require a special license to work on gas lines. A few states require pipefitters to be licensed. Getting a license requires a test, experience, or both. Check with the state licensing board.

Certification Requirement
Required by State.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Office, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Likes working with hands, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills

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