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What Does a Plumber Do?

If you're looking for a career that offers variety, independence, social interaction and job stability, think about plumbing. Plumbers install, repair and replace pipes that supply water and gas and carry away waste to residential homes, new high-rise buildings and more.

They install plumbing fixtures like toilets, sinks and bathtubs. They also know how all the pieces work together. They install appliances that are connected to the water supply, like dishwashers and hot water heaters. They measure and cut pipes to fit specific designs. Some plumbers also maintain septic systems, the underground holding tanks for waste for houses not connected to the public sewer system. Some plumbers work with CAD software, which uses 3D imagery to help design plumbing systems for larger projects.

Plumbers may have to get into cramped spaces to make repairs. They often work nights and weekends for emergency repairs.

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Median Salary $
57,000
Jobs Available
12,200+
A plumber replaces a pipe fitting
A good plumber can quickly size up a situation and solve the problem. (Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Install and repair pipes for water, gas and other fluids
  • Install fixtures and appliances 
  • Interpret blueprints to lay out pipes 
  • Install supports for pipes and equipment
  • Assemble fittings and valves
  • Inspect and test plumbing systems for leaks and other problems
  • Follow safety standards and comply with building codes
  • Collaborate with others on the construction team
  • Prepare bids
Education + Training

A high school diploma or equivalent is not generally required. Training is available through trade schools and community colleges, with courses in pipe system design, tool use, safety, local plumbing codes and blueprint reading. Many workers become plumbers through apprenticeship programs, which typically last four to five years and involve paid, on-the-job training and technical instruction. To work independently, plumbers must pass an exam covering trade knowledge and local codes, be licensed and certified, and have two to five years of experience, though specific requirements vary by state and city. Other certifications are not mandatory but may create more job opportunities.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Enjoy problem-solving and are mechanically inclined
  • Have excellent analytical skills
  • Listen and communicate well
  • Are collaborative
  • Have the physical strength to lift heavy tools and materials

Plumber training in your area

Coordinates

Plumbing Technology Apprenticeship

Foothill College
Los Altos Hills (0.0 Miles)

Construction Plumbing Apprentice II Certificate

Columbus State Community College
Columbus (0.0 Miles)

Plumbing Apprenticeship

Davidson County Community College
Thomasville (0.0 Miles)
Gateway Community College

Plumbing Certificate

GateWay Community College (AZ)
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)

Building Maintenance Certificate

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)

Apprenticeship - Plumber-Pipefitter Advanced Certificate

Delta College
University Center (0.0 Miles)

Construction Technology, A.A.S.

Coconino Community College
Flagstaff (0.0 Miles)

Code Inspection Courses

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Construction Technology- Plumbing Management Certificate Level 1

Collin College
McKinney (0.0 Miles)

Plumbing Certificate

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe (0.0 Miles)

Plumbing, A.S.

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Los Angeles (0.0 Miles)

Construction Trades Plumber, A.T.S.

Columbus State Community College
Columbus (0.0 Miles)

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Ask the Expert: Erin Izen
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Ask the Expert: Erin Izen

If you’re considering a career in the skilled trades, and the construction industry in particular, you no doubt have questions. Are there good jobs available? Can I earn a decent living? Will I like it?

Erin Izen, director of workforce development and military relations at The Home Depot, has some answers. She and her team work to equip and upskill populations that are often underserved so they can grow their careers. This includes connecting potential tradespeople to careers in the residential and commercial construction and remodeling industries.

Read more.