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Plumbers at a Glance

Plumbers install and repair pipe-based systems for water, sewage, and drainage. These systems are typically in homes or small buildings. Plumbers work with copper, steel, and plastic pipes using gauges, sensors, hacksaws, pipe benders, and wrenches. Plumbers need to be licensed, usually following a four- to five-year apprenticeship, and possess problem-solving ability, physical strength/stamina, mechanical skills, and good interpersonal skills for work in homes.

A Day in the Life | Tom

Age: 35
Job: Plumber
Free Time: Outdoors. Hunting and fishing.
Proud of: Customer service focus. Retirement at 55.

$37,800 Starting Pay
$93,000 5-Year Pay
Importance of Technical School
Low High
Specialized Training/Advancement
Low High
Outdoor Work
Low High
Workplace Risk/Danger
Low High
Schedule Flexibility
Low High

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