Why Become a Plumber? Here’s 10 Good Reasons to Become a Plumber (A Builder’s Perspective)

One thing that most have heard from just about everyone we know is that you have to have a college education if you want to make it in the world today. Unfortunately, college may not be an option for everyone. There are plenty of career paths that you can follow that will give you the rewarding job that you are looking for. Perhaps one of the best positions to look for would be a plumber. This is a job that will give the great salary that all the college graduates are seeking and you will not have to spend your life in college to get there.

As an experienced builder I have been privileged to observe all types of construction workers. To me, plumbing has always looked to be one of the best options.

Below are what I believe are 10 good reasons to become a plumber:

  1. It is one of the up and coming fields to work in as there seems to be an ongoing shortage of people that are skilled for these positions. As more people retire, more positions are becoming available so you can be sure that you will be set with a job for life.
  2. When you become a plumber, you will find that you are one of the highest paid contractors around. You can expect to make around $20 to $25 an hour to start. There are some areas where the pay goes as high as $40 an hour.
  3. Benefits are very important to most people, especially if they have a family so this is a great perk of being a plumber. As employers find themselves looking for quality employees, they have beefed up the benefits packages to help attract more qualified plumbers to fill their positions. There is also the option to join the union and make even more money with even better benefits.
  4. You can earn as you learn with one of the many apprenticeship programs that allows you to train with qualified plumbers. This gives you the chance to learn by working hands on. Some of the training may even qualify as a college credit so you may want to check with your employer or trainer to see if you can get the credit.
  5. You will be pretty much exempt to the worries about the economy as your job will always be in demand so chances of layoffs is slim.
  6. When you start out with training, you are an apprentice but you can quickly climb the ladder so there is always room for advancement and that is something that more and more people are looking for in a job.
  7. You can take pride in the fact that you have helped to build something spectacular such as homes for families and even hospitals that will help many people.
  8. You can be sure that you are never bored as the work you do changes from day to day and you never know exactly what you might end up doing, which keeps things challenging and exciting.
  9. You will like the recognition that you get when you complete the job with top quality craftsmanship.
  10. You will make friends and contacts that will help you to make a name for yourself in the construction industry.


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