Don’t Knock Your Plumber – It’s A Tough Job, Somebody Has To Do It

Don’t Knock Your Plumber – It’s A Tough Job, Somebody Has To Do It

Plumbers go through a lot of training and work experience to be able to come to your house or business and deal with things you’d rather not deal with.

It is a physically hard job

Plumbers work indoors and outdoors in all sorts of weather. They need to be strong. They need to work in cramped unpleasant places, and they have spent four or five years in training to be able to do it.


Plumbing training via an apprenticeship

To qualify a candidate must be of relevant age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Then they probably have to face an aptitude test. Plumbers are proud of the work they do and want only the best to join.

Then an aspiring plumber completes an apprenticeship under the watchful eye of an experienced journeyman. The apprenticeship is managed by a local plumbers’ union or associations.

Classroom training often takes place at night after a full day’s work, although some associates alternate on the job training with in-class work.

Pay starts very low

Wages are usually paid on a sliding scale and the candidate does earn more as they make their way through, but in the early days, no surprises here, the pay is not exceptional.

There’s Math involved

Your plumber has been through an intensive part of the course were learning the how to calculate materials and dynamics. They will also have received training in hydraulics, pneumatics and mechanical vis-à-vis plumbing.

Of course, there’s safety training as well.

State Certifications

Most states require the aspirant plumber pass a state certification test and become registered with the state too. This is where they learn about state code and safety requirements which can vary from state to state.

It is a great line of work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 21% increase in the number of jobs available through 2020.

At the low end of the scale, salaries are around $29,000 annually. The top 10% earn in more than of $84,000.