Why Become a Plumber?
Plumbing is not a crap job. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as plumbing technicians have mobility; working 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. Plumbing is an in demand career path filled with great opportunities.
Becoming a Plumber
Certificate program offers students skills in plumbing technology, construction, maintenance, and repair. Students completing a plumbing certificate program are prepared for employment as a plumbing technician. Standard pathway to obtaining a technical degree includes:
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 for Plumbers
**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