A plumber is a professional who is responsible for repairing and installing the pipes that are used to carry sewage and water. The majority of plumbers work in the plumbing or air conditioning industry, but nearly 14 percent of plumbers are self-employed*. It is important to note that this profession certainly is not for everyone. Before a person decides whether this profession is right for him, he should weigh the pros and cons. Below are some of the benefits and drawbacks of being a plumber:
1.) Job opportunities are expected to be plentiful.- The number of jobs in the plumbing industry is expected to grow by 26 percent within the next 10 years*. That is much faster than the national average. There are a growing number of factories and power plants, which is fueling the demand for skilled plumbers.
2.) Great pay- The average salary for a plumber in 2010 was $46,000 per year. However, many plumbers are making over $80,000 per year. The years of experience that a plumber is one of the main factors that determines his pay.
3.) Steady work- There will always be a need for plumbers, which means that people who choose to work in this industry will get to enjoy steady work. Additionally, the uncertain economy does not seem to have any effect on the plumbing industry.
1.) Physical demanding- Plumbers are required to spend a great deal of their time carrying heavy pipeline. They also spend most of their day working on their feet. That is why this job may not be right for those who are not in excellent health.
2.) Long, irregular hours- Because a plumbing issue can arise at any time, plumbers may be required to work, long irregular hours. They may even be called into work on their days off to handle after-hour emergencies.
3.) High chance of being injured- Plumbers are at an increased risk for becoming injured while on the job. They can get cut while working with tools. They may also sustain an injury from falling off of a ladder.
Again, people who are interested in joining the plumbing service industry should make sure that take the time to weigh the pros and cons. Plumbers do get to enjoy steady work with great pay. However, this profession is also physically demanding, and it may require that a person work extended hours in the evenings and on weekends.