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We’ve all heard about the shortage of skilled tradespeople in the United States, and the increasing age of those that are left. If you’re at this site, it’s probably safe to say that you have some slight interest in plumbing. Maybe you’re a plumber yourself, an avid DIY-er, or simply the curious sort. Perhaps you know someone who is. Whatever the case may be, if a new career is in the offing, there’s no reason to not consider plumbing. In fact, there are ten really good reasons to consider it!

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1. Job stability. The need for plumbers is kind of like the need for doctors – everyone everywhere will always need them. Being a plumber offers you a certain level of security: a good plumber can always find employment, and the job can’t be outsourced!

2. Less student loan debt. College students these days are graduating with tens of thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt. Choosing a trade like plumbing often means you can attend vocational school or a community college for significantly less money, and then enter an apprenticeship where you’re actually paid while you learn the trade.

3. Advancement opportunities. Plumbing is a licensed and regulated trade, and you can choose to work your way all the way up to the master level if you have the ambition to do so. Master plumbers have a higher salary, more job flexibility, and more opportunities than many other professions.

4. Job variety. Being a plumber doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing house calls and fixing toilets all day (unless you want to, of course). Plumbers work in all kinds of industries. You could find a job designing plumbing systems for new buildings, deciding how to manage, repair, and expand city/municipal water systems, or developing new plumbing technologies. Where there’s water and people, there’s a need for plumbing. The opportunities are almost endless!

5. Independence. Professional plumbers can always choose to go into business for themselves. Owning your own plumbing business means you can work when you want and where you want, which is great for those who have family obligations or need flexibility in scheduling or location.

6. Personal benefits. As a plumber, you’ll be working your body and your mind all the time. Analyzing problems, developing solutions, and handling day-to-day business transactions will keep your mind sharp, and the physical requirements of the job can keep your body active and healthy.

7. Job satisfaction. Plumbers really do save lives. Without good plumbing systems to deliver clean water and get rid of wastewater, we would all be at risk of catching potentially fatal diseases. Keeping the plumbing systems in our homes and cities in good working order is a worthy task that protects the health of our nation.

8. Social interaction. As a plumber, you won’t be stuck in an office all day. You can be out and about, meeting and interacting with new people all the time. If you’re a friendly person and offer your clients good customer service, you can also generate a significant amount of income through these positive interactions.

9. Respect. There are plenty of jokes and biases, but thankfully, more and more people are realizing what plumbers do for us, and respect for the trade is growing. Indeed, the entire social landscape regarding skilled trades is shifting. After all, not everyone can be a plumber – people try to fix extensive problems themselves, make it worse, and then realize that they need you, the professional, to fix things for them.

10. No more plumbing bills. Once you’ve got the skills, you’ll never need to pay someone else for plumbing repairs! This is probably the least important reason to become a plumber, but hey, if you’re on the tipping point this just might help you make the decision!

20 Comments

  1. David

    I hope this post really helps others consider the benefits in becoming a plumber. Although sometimes it can get messy, anyone with a tough enough stomach an reap the rewards.

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  2. ish bulitas

    I am looking for help with a specific “issue”. Under the sink there has been so much stuff added and the pipes have been added to in such a way that it’s a total mess! The sinks both clog up nearly every day and things are leaking too. I made a note that you specify when you have two sinks running into the same drain pipe that you use a 2 part waste and a trap. What exactly is the two part waste other then a pipe with a connection on the the side to add another pipe to? In our sink there has been a garbage disposer added and connected directly to what I think is the two part waste piece, but they used a piece of white pvc pipe to go directly into the disposer and it is not flanged!! It held ok for a while but is now leaking like crazy. Will I be able to purchase another black rubber gasket like the one that came with the disposer? How about a piece of flanged hose that is straight and about a foot long. I hesitate to consider even changing the method they have going under the sink because there has been a reverse osmosis water system added with an overflow line connected into this heap of pipes and I don’t know the rules for such an addition. Help!!

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    • plumbergirl

      It definitely sounds like you needs some assistance with this. We suggest that you either call a plumber to inspect and fix your problems or you can try asking for help on Plbg.com. If you include pictures they may be able to provide some suggestions. We hope that it all works out for you.

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    • Dave Madison

      I am a young plumber that just started on my own this summer. Times have been tough here and there, but I’m loving it and making decent money. Really enjoy helping people, too.

      I had my friend put together this website for me recently, and it’s really boosting our calls and leads: http://www.cheektowaga-plumbers.com/

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  3. costamesaplumbingservices.com

    Don’t underestimate reason #10! Great article. I hope it helps some young people make better informed choices.

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  4. Luke

    All kids coming out of high school should take a look at #2! Plumbers out here do well!

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  5. John

    Great read! Thanks for sharing. I couldn’t agree more with all your reasons for becoming a plumber it is a great job!

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  6. Gerald Johnson

    Plumbing can be a very rewarding profession, especially when we help people out who are in the midst of an “emergency” situation. It doesn’t hurt that the pay is pretty good and we’re not stuck sitting in an office cubicle everyday. Check out our services page for all the opportunities available to plumbers:

    http://www.amherstnyplumbing.com/

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  7. Adalberto Berrios

    Im in 10th grade & im thinking about taking a plumbing and heating class for 3 years is it really worth it

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    • Anthony

      Plumbing & HVAC can make for great careers, and training will give you a skill set that’s highly marketable and will serve you well for the rest of your life (at the very least, you’ll probably be able to take care of plumbing problems in your house – best case scenario, you should be able to get a well-paying job wherever you live). If you have any kind of aptitude for or interest in plumbing and heating stuff, it’s well worth a try. If it doesn’t take, it’s not the end of the world – there are a wealth of other trades in need of young talent, and college is not at all age-dependent. Make sure to dig around for scholarships and grants – there are a lot out there, even for trade schools and training! Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame) has a foundation for this very thing – http://profoundlydisconnected.com/ – and there are many private companies offering small scholarships like we’ve posted about here: http://theplumber.com/1000-scholarship-available-for-students-pursuing-careers-in-skilled-trades/
      As you advance, you can also check with local unions for similar programs, and apprenticeships. Good luck!

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  8. Pete Simons

    Great list! Plumbing is a fulfilling career that allows one to combine knowledge and innovation with the ability to create and build with your hands. Becoming a plumber offers you amazing earnings potential.

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  9. Harry

    Plumbers are the often-overlooked domestic heroes who restore sanity and avert crises. While it can be a stressful job, with sometimes unpredictable, unsociable hours, the positives far outweigh the negatives as we understood when we asked our plumbing community what they’d recommend about their profession. The great thing about the plumbing field is its a career you can choose at any age. if your plumbing is driving you around the bend, take the plunge and call http://plumbersdirect.com.au/ to see how we can help with all your plumbing needs.

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  10. Sabin pathak

    Is plumbing is rally harmful for our health or not??

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  11. Chris A Garrity

    I have been a plumber for 15 years.
    It pays the bills. But when i was a kid i never played with pkumber action figures. Follow your dreams guys!!!! Nobody wanted to be a plumber growing up. So really you failed if plumber is your title… do what makes your soul happy!!!!

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  12. alan reid

    i became a plumber when i was 17, im now 30 and have 13 years experience. i have worked in four different countries, i worked in residential, commercial and industrial settings. i worked in schools, houses and oil and gas sectors. i have a beautiful wife and two properties and will be buying another soon. dont let anyone tell you its a bad idea or a dead end job, or dont ever be ashamed of being a plumber, i have been very succesful at a young age and just recently i set up my own business. its a small company but i plan to expand. please check out my website http://www.caledonplumbing.com its the start of my next chapter in the wonderful plumbing world. take care fellow plumbers. be safe

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  13. David Loya

    Plumbing is a great trade to have under your belt. The only downside is the fact once everyone knows your a plumber your free time is very limited. Unless you are good at saying no to people you know, you will be asked to help out with plumbing issues all the time! On another note I have lost all fear of not having a job. I am constantly receiving letters from employers asking me to apply. Oh and I make more money than some of my friends who have graduated college. Service plumbing is where the money’s at. Most average 70,000 to 120,000 a year, and on the low end at least 50,000.

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  14. Fedaur

    Because of this article I decided to change my course from bricklaying to plumbing it was very persuasive and made me think differently about plumbing

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  15. Glenn

    Laid off from my service tech position due to company closing after 10 years, thinking about switching careers at 36 years of age to plumbing. Any suggestions? Or advice?

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    • Anthony

      Hi Glenn. Look into your local community college, or any technical schools in the area that might offer plumbing courses. You should also contact a local plumber’s union to see if they can provide any info on education or apprenticeships (http://www.ua.org/apprenticeship might help). It might also be a good idea to post on plumbing forums to get the advice of pros and those who are currently training – http://www.plbg.com (one of our sites) and http://terrylove.com are good places to start. If you aren’t having much luck, you could also try contacting local plumbers directly – there’s a good chance at least one will have some good advice for you.

      If money becomes an issue, be aware that there are scholarships out there for people learning trades. If you find yourself in a program next year, here’s one we’ve promoted before: https://www.smartservice.com/smart-service-scholarship/

      Best of luck!

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    • laud

      its a good trade go for it

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