Thinking about becoming a plumber? It can be an amazing rewarding career that has a greater scope than most people know about. High paying and doesn’t require you to have a bachelor’s degree to do it. Many plumbers these days have gotten much older on average (in their mid-50’s). Demand for plumbers today is at an all time high and this could be the right career path for you.
The first part of any job is what that job entails and that is no different when it comes to the great profession of plumbing. Plumbers for instance will test and repair pipes, leaking pipes, plumbing repair, emergency work, drain cleaning, and backups. Besides the work and production of plumbing plumbers need to work with blueprints, estimates, malfunctioning systems, and evaluating the material needs required for any job. Plumbers may be required to get in tight spaces as well as roofs and ladders to work on different things around the house or a business.
Most importantly for any job you must make money doing it. Fortunately, plumbers make a good amount of money compared to other trades because of the high demand for the position and it being particular work many people may not desire to do. Plumbers had a median wage of $54,000 and in the state of Wisconsin there is a minimum wage for the position of $33.44. As any other occupation the greater experience or training of plumber will allow for greater wages, as well as the location of a plumber and the amount of work that is available.
Along with the pay for plumbers you will want to know the qualifications that are necessary to start the job. College degrees are not a requirement, just a high school diploma with proficiency in algebra and basic math skills. Laborers in the field need to have a strong back, legs, and knees because of the stooping and physicality of the work. Besides the high school diploma requirement in the plumbing field most plumbers enter into the field by way of an apprenticeship program. Training in these programs can span 4 to 5 years in length and will be paid, allowing for workers to pay for their coursework. Proving yourself as a well skilled plumber in larger cities may be required to lock down a position.
Finally, we would like to talk to you about how your apprenticeship in the plumbing field might work. With any apprenticeship an aptitude test is required to evaluate basic skills for the job. When approved for a position passing the exam apprentices will increase in their percentage of earning by 10%, starting at 50% of the minimum wage. Apprentices will do classes 1 or 2 nights per week in their first 4 years at a trade school. Journeyman plumbers will come out of these apprenticeships after they have successfully taken their certification exam. Licensure is the next required step based on the state’s requirements and stipulations. Over time a journeyman will work towards becoming a master plumber. Beyond that plumbers may decide to start their own plumbing business and work for themselves, which can be very rewarding. We’d like to thank Craig Gustafson for his article “How to Become a Plumber” for his insight on this issue and you can check out his article for more information on the topic.