Plumber Career Guide
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Real-Life Plumber Job Profiles
Plumbers install, maintain, and repair pipes in a variety of settings, including residential and commercial buildings, factories, and other locations. Most localities require licensing, and all plumbers must have training and experience in designing plumbing systems, identifying and repairing defects, and installing new piping.
The work is physical and can require movement of heavy copper and PVC piping. Work can be performed on pipes carrying both liquids and gases, and risks are involved when dealing with pipes carrying gas. Plumbers commonly perform their work outdoors or in uncomfortable conditions, such as basements or tight, cramped spaces like a crawlspace.
Plumbers may work for themselves as independent contractors, for plumbing companies, in a factory or industrial setting, for gas companies, or may be employed by construction companies or builders. They routinely work long hours when projects are nearing completion or during economic boom times when the demand for new construction intensifies. Evening and weekend hours are often necessary, as plumbing specialists are routinely on-call for emergency repairs.
We have interviewed professional plumbers to learn more about what life as a plumber is really like on a day-to-day basis. Our career profiles are compiled through interviews and testimonials from workers within the industry, so you can get an inside glimpse into a profession. If you are considering work in plumbing, browse our career profiles below to learn more.
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