Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.
Common job titles of Plumbers include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
60.7% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
31.31% said they needed a High School Diploma.
Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures.
Estimate time, material, or labor costs for use in project plans.
Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools.
Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains.
Inspect structures to assess material or equipment needs, to establish the sequence of pipe installations, or to plan installation around obstructions, such as electrical wiring.
Direct helpers engaged in pipe cutting, preassembly, or installation of plumbing systems or components.
Keep records of work assignments.
Weld small pipes or special piping, using specialized techniques, equipment, or materials, such as computer-assisted welding or microchip fabrication.
Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes or pipe fittings, using hand or power tools.
Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.
Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.
Install green plumbing equipment, such as faucet flow restrictors, dual-flush or pressure-assisted flush toilets, or tankless hot water heaters.
Anchor steel supports from ceiling joists to hold pipes in place.
Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe to required angle, using hand or power tools or machines, such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, or pipe-bending machines.
Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels.
Recommend energy or water saving products, such as low-flow faucets or shower heads, water-saving toilets, or high-efficiency hot water heaters.
Install underground storm, sanitary, or water piping systems, extending piping as needed to connect fixtures and plumbing.
Perform domestic plumbing audits to identify ways in which customers might reduce consumption of water or energy.
Install, test, or commission solar thermal or solar photovoltaic hot water heating systems.
Install alternative water sources, such as rainwater harvesting systems or graywater reuse systems.
Determine sizing requirements for solar hot water heating systems, taking into account factors such as site orientation, load calculations, or storage capacity requirements.
Compile information on governmental incentive programs related to the installation of energy or water saving plumbing systems or devices.
Calculate costs or savings for water- or energy-efficient appliances or systems.
Wide roll pipe cutters
Water pump pliers
Water pressure gauges
Water meter keysAll Tools
Water heater element removal wrenches
Vise grip pliers
Video diagnostic tools
Universal nut wrenches
Ultrasonic leak detectors
Two way radios
Tube crimping tools
Tube bending springs
Tub drain removers
Trutest smoke detectors
Tristand chain vises
Three-way pipe threaders
Threading machine die heads
Thread repair files
Telescoping basin wrenches
Telescopic inspection mirrors
Straight-fluted pipe reamers
Straight pipe wrenches
Spiral ratchet pipe reamers
Soil pipe cutters
Slip joint pliers
Six-step faucet seat wrenches
Shower valve socket wrenches
Shielded arc welding tools
Sectional drain cleaning machines
Rubber strap wrenches
Root ranger jetter nozzles
Ratcheting polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
Ratcheting box wrenches
Pressurized water pigs
Power sink machine drain cleaners
Power pipe threading machines
Power pipe cutters
Pop-up plug wrenches
Polyvinyl chloride PVC saws
Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
Plastic pipe/conduit die heads
Plastic nut basin wrenches
Pipe welding vises
Pipe freezing kits
Phillips head screwdrivers
Personal digital assistants PDA
Pedestal sink wrenches
One stop wrenches
Offset pipe wrenches
Non-contact infrared thermometers
No hub torque wrenches
Mini tubing cutters
Maximum reading water pressure gauges
Manual ratchet threader sets
Light pickup trucks
Laser alignment tools
Hollow core socket wrenches
Hole cutting tools
Heavy duty water pressure gauges
Heavy duty drain cleaning machines
Gas leak detection devices
Flat blade screwdrivers
Faucet stem and cartridge pullers
Faucet handle pullers
End pipe wrenches
Drain cleaning cables
Direct tap machines
Diagonal cutting pliers
Copper cutting machines
Compression sleeve pullers
Comprehensive water gauges
Compound leverage wrenches
Cleanout plug wrenches
Channel lock pliers
Bibb seat tools
Bench yoke vises
Bench chain vises
Basket strainer wrenches
Ball peen hammers
Air pressure gauges
Adjustable slip lock nut wrenches
Autodesk Building Systems
Drawing and drafting software
Elite Software Plumbing CAD
Elite Software Sprinkler CAD
Horizon Engineering Sigma Plumbing Calculator
Atlas Construction Business FormsAll Technologies
Contractor City Contractor Forms Pack
Elite Software DPIPE
Elite Software FIRE
Elite Software HSYM
Elite Software Spipe
Heat loss calculation software
Insight Direct ServiceCEO
Job costing software
KRS Enterprises Service First!
Maintenance management software
Quote Software QuoteExpress
Vision InfoSoft Plumbing Bid Manager
Wilhelm Publishing Threshold
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination › Physical Abilities › Extent Flexibility