Thursday, October 23, 2008

Considering a Career like Joe the Plumber?


The presidential campaign certainly has put one career solidly in focus over these last few weeks - Plumbing. Plumbing is a skilled trade and plumbers are well paid.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shares these tidbits about Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

- Although there are no uniform national licensing requirements, most States and communities require plumbers to be licensed.
- Most residential and industrial plumbers get their training in career and technical schools and community colleges and from on-the-job training.
- Applicants for union or nonunion apprentice jobs must be at least 18 years old and in good physical condition. Apprenticeship committees may require applicants to have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Job opportunities are expected to be very good, especially for workers with welding experience.

Industries and wages:
Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters were:

Natural gas distribution - $24.91 hr
Nonresidential building construction - $21.30 hr
Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors - $20.44 hr
Utility system construction - $19.18 hr
Local government - $17.86 hr

Find information on plumbing apprenticeships here.

Vocational training programs at schools like Penn Foster can help students create a career like Joe the Plumber. The Penn Foster program can help students train for a plumbing career at home.

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