Where there are pipes, septic systems, heating and cooling there will always be a need for plumbers. Plumbers install and repair water, drainage, gas, and other piping systems in homes, businesses, and factories. If you’re eager to begin a career as a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter, here are a few reasons to enter the plumbing field.
Plumbers are in-demand
Demand for plumbers will stem from new construction and the need to maintain and repair existing residential plumbing systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The maintenance and repair of plumbing and pipe systems must continue even during economic downturns, so plumbers and fitters outside of construction often enjoy more stable employment.
A flexible, fast-paced career
Careers in plumbing can be fast-paced and flexible. Many plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters work for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors, while others are self-employed and set their own schedule. Those in the field might travel to a variety of worksites every day, or focus on single large residential or corporate projects. Experienced plumbers on construction jobs may design plumbing systems and develop the blueprints that show pipe and fixture placement. There can even be opportunities to direct teams and apprentices.
Get the skills you need
At Porter and Chester Institute, you can get the skills you need to enter the plumbing field in as few as 12 months. Our experienced, qualified instructors provide the individual attention needed to practice the techniques and obtain the skills you'll be using each day in the plumbing field. Schedule a visit to see the classrooms and labs at our Rocky Hill campus where you'll receive your training today!