US Plumbing Jobs Has 40K Openings With Salaries That Are Up to $100K

A potentially beneficial career path for individuals unsure of their future in the United States is the plumbing industry.

There will be many opportunities for people entering the profession. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that over 40,000 plumbing jobs will open each year for the next decade.

Part of the reason for the large number of plumbing opportunities is the expected large number of current plumbers either retiring or changing careers. Given the growing labor shortage, there is therefore a call to train a new generation of plumbers.

A glaring problem is that young people are unwilling to follow previous generations and pursue a career in the aid sector. They have a negative perception of plumbing work because it can involve a lot of physical labor and working in dirty conditions.

Additionally, long hours may be required and as businesses, schools and households need their help, they may be called in for weekend or evening shifts.

According to Bloomberg reporter Enda Curran, the unattractive stigma surrounding young people's plumbing work can be attributed in part to misconceptions about everything the job entails.

She explained on the Big Take podcast: “They’re not excited about the prospect of fixing toilets all day. But when you talk to the plumbers – the educators and those who practice the craft – they say there's so much more to it than that.”

Although these perceptions persist, plumbers are well rewarded for their services, as bureau research 12 months ago found the average annual wage for plumbers was $61,550.

This makes the plumbing industry one of the best-paying sectors in America, as the average annual wage of all occupations was much lower at $48,060.

However, the salary that plumbers can earn depends largely on where they are based and do their work. Someone working in San Jose, California could earn $100,000 each year, while a plumber in North Carolina making $43,000 could earn less than half that.

The U.S. hopes more younger people will become plumbers as labor shortages have hurt the economy. Lixil Americas' results showed a loss of over $30 billion in 2022, with some commercial buildings struggling to be completed on time and within original budget.

Other worrying findings showed that the U.S. will be short about half a million plumbers in four years because the younger generation lacks enthusiasm for the industry.

While the financial benefits of becoming a plumber may be attractive to some people, the lengthy process to becoming a certified professional is a significant barrier to the industry producing more plumbers.

Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 5 Apprenticeship School in Lanham, Maryland, has 125 students enrolled for the current school year, which began in September 2023. However, there is a high probability that 40 percent of students will drop out of their studies at some point.

There are still students who are determined to complete the course and pursue a professional plumbing career. Jamal Casimiro, 29, is a second-year apprentice at Lanham who settled into the plumbing industry after moving between numerous jobs.

He was convinced it was the right move after witnessing a plumber make a significant amount of money in a short period of time doing a job at his parents' house.

Another reason that made him turn to plumbing was its sustainable approach, which included producing more water-efficient systems. He liked the positive impact he could have on the environment.

Jean Bosco Nshimiyimana, 34, enrolled in a plumbing prep course at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, because he feared that his previous welding trade would be made obsolete by technological advances.

The presence of robots and artificial intelligence means that many jobs in the labor market could disappear over time.

Nshimiyimana believes this will not be the case in plumbing, as it is unlikely that a robot will ever be able to do a plumber's job.

Industry manager Ed Brady believes there needs to be investment in recruiting and training the next generation of plumbers to get the industry back on track.

However, he warns that there will be a quick turnaround: “It will stay that way for a long time. This is not a market cycle problem. This is a generational problem.”

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