Chimney Sweeps

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. 


Quick Facts
Duties Inspect, clean (or sweep), and repair chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, and vents
Alternate Title(s) Chimney Technicians, Sweeps
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Technical/Shop
Experience A part-time job at a chimney sweeping company will provide useful introductory experience
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Chimney Sweep Service Owner
  • Chimney Sweep
  • Apprentice Chimney Sweep

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