Why Become a Plumber?
Plumbing is not a crap job. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as plumbing technicians are able to work on a variety of job sites and projects as well as have the ability to make upwards of $97k. Really cool new technologies (tankless water heaters, wifi leak detectors, smart appliances) have been introduced into the field. Having to deal with water, steam, gas, and other natural elements, plumbers can be regarded as the doctors of our mechanical systems ensuring everything is working correctly. Bet you can remember the last time you had to call a plumbing professional, which means this trade skill is extremely valuable and sees constant job demand.
Becoming a Plumber
Meet Education Requirements
Attend Technical College or Trade School
Get Licensed to Start Working
*Please note, requirements may vary by State and location. As well, licensure isn’t required to start working in this profession.
Straight to Workforce
Most states require plumbers to obtain a license before performing plumbing work. Some states, like Florida and New York, do not have state-level licenses but defer licensing responsibilities to county and city governments. Plumber licensing follows a progression based on education, experience, and the passage of exams. Most states have three stages of plumber licensing: Apprentice, journeyman, and master.
Specialty License Types
Trade Career Opportunities
**Above career path chart shows how you might advance from one job title to another within the trade industry; not all trade pathways are the same and depend on each person’s ultimate goals and job opportunities