Chimney Sweeps

A Chimney Sweep at Work

Chimney sweeps, also known as sweeps and chimney technicians, inspect—or evaluate, as it is known in the industry—chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, and vents according to safety codes. They clean, or sweep, the chimneys and make repairs, which may involve masonry work and relining. They also educate homeowners and building maintenance crews in how to properly care for their stoves and fireplaces, as well as train apprentice chimney sweeps. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Chimney Technicians, Sweeps
Duties Inspect, clean (or sweep), and repair chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, and vents
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in the Northeast, West, and Northwest regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chimney Sweep Service Owner
  • Chimney Sweep
  • Apprentice Chimney Sweep

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