Plumbers and Pipefitters

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Plumbers and pipefitters assemble, install, alter, and repair pipes and pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids and gases for sanitation and industrial purposes as well as other uses. Plumbers also install plumbing fixtures, appliances, and heating and refrigerating units. There are approximately 391,680 plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Diesel Engine Pipefitters, Gas-Main Fitters, Industrial-Gas Fitters, Pipe Cutters, Prefab Plumbers, Ship and Boat Building Coppersmiths, Sprinklerfitters
Duties Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases; install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of a Plumbing Business
  • Master Plumber
  • Plumber
  • Plumbing Apprentice