Plumbers and Pipefitters

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 351,380 plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters working in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Diesel Engine Pipefitters, Gas-Main Fitters, Industrial-Gas Fitters, Pipe Cutters, Prefab Plumbers, Ship and Boat Building Coppersmiths, Sprinklerfitters
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner of a Plumbing Business
  • Master Plumber
  • Plumber
  • Plumbing Apprentice

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