Inside Plumber Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Long Distance Of Travel...
I was surprised how often I would be called to different locations. I thought my area would be within a few miles, but I found myself driving extremely long distances." (Plumber; 2013)

Career: , currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Plumbing at Harper College in Illinois; completed Associate degree in 2010

"Plumbing As A Career...
Licensed plumbers in the state I live in are in great demand which means it pays very well." (Master Plumber; 2013)

Career: 26 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, male
School: Studied Plumbing at Franklin Tech in Massachusetts; completed Certificate degree in 1987

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Plumber: "The best part of the job is all the people I am able to help with their problems. I carry a good supply of materials on my truck and am able to make many repairs without leaving to obtain supplies. The worst part of the job is the office work involved to keep my operation running. Taxes, insurance, payroll, material costs all add to the equation of how a selling price is derived and must be addressed." (2009)

Plumbing Inspector: "Even though I do not work with tools in my current position, it took me more than thirty years to get to this point of my career. The best part of my work is insuring that the home owner is getting a job done correctly. The worst part is butting heads with contractors on code interpretation." (2009)

Career Tips

"Must Be Physically Strong...
To become an effective plumber, you need to be willing to work long hours and be very hands on with several different types of equipment. You must also be physically strong." (Plumber; 2013)

"Getting Ahead On A Career...
To really learn to be a top plumber its best go to trade school and work in plumbing trade at same time" (Master Plumber; 2013)

"Learn From A Variety Of Experienced Plumbers...
When starting a career as an apprentice plumber, experience in different facets of the trade are very important. Residential, commercial and industrial all require the same people skills. The materials vary in size and shape but the work is comparable. Working under different journeymen or masters helps you develop different sets of problem solving skills. There are many ways to handle a situation and something to be learned from everyone. Take the time to learn while an apprentice." (Plumber; 2009)

"Stick With It And Reap Rewards...
Just do it! You can't be afraid to work. Apprenticeship is a long haul; it's hard working all day and going to night school twice a week. But stick to it because once you GET IT, it can be a very rewarding trade that not a lot of people can master." (Plumbing Inspector; 2009)