Are you looking for a new and exciting career? Plumbing might be the job for you. Here are some reasons that could make becoming a plumber an excellent choice:
1) A prosperous future: It’s said that by 2020 there will be a shortage of qualified workers in this profession. This means that employers will need more workers, and salaries will increase with demand. Career options: Plumbing is one of the fastest-growing jobs and employment opportunities are expected to grow at least 18 per cent from 2012-2022.
2) Fulfillment: It’s so rewarding being a plumber. You get to help people close to home and further afield. You will also become part of the community. You will be involved in projects that vary from small residential jobs to large commercial ones, so it is unlikely you will get bored with your work.
3) Day-to-day duties: Though they vary depending on whether you are a tradesperson or working in management, most plumbers perform similar duties every day. These include installation and repair of water supply pipelines; drainage systems; traps; gas lines (both natural gas and propane); vents, and other related piping found within buildings. A plumber may also help with fixture installation like bathtubs, sinks, showers, faucets etc., install heating equipment like furnaces or boilers; relight pilot lights; test for leaks or replace filters. There’s so much to get involved in!
4) Excellent pay: Successful plumbers tend to live very comfortably. And it’s not just the money, but also the perks they get to enjoy. Most companies offer paid vacations and holidays, personal days, sick leave, tuition reimbursement plans which include time off for class or lab work, health insurance coverage (a must in some states), life insurance benefits and pension plans. Some firms will even cover all plumbing trade supplies, so you get to use top-quality equipment and work to the highest standard.
5) Plumbing is green: Perhaps the best part about being a plumber is that you are improving your environment by saving water and energy. For example, low-flow showerheads use between 20%-25% less water than their traditional counterparts; high-efficiency toilets can save up to 16 gallons of water per person, per day; tankless water heaters are up to 40% more efficient than their traditional counterparts.
6) The job is in demand: Whether it’s due to the ageing infrastructure or increasing population size, there will always be a need for plumbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in this industry are expected to grow by 23 per cent between 2010 and 2020. This high demand is likely due not only to the fact that people are living longer, but because many baby boomers are also retiring at an estimated rate of 10,000 per day.
7) You’ll never have a dull moment: Think you won’t get bored with plumbing? A typical plumber performs approximately 6,500 service calls a year!
9) There’s flexible scheduling: Are you someone who hates working monotonous 9-5 hours? If so, this career might be for you! Because plumbers need to be available at all times during the day/night, many individuals who hold this career go on call every other day. This offers them three days of free time per week to do as they please.
10) Your work ethic is a game-changer: Plumbing is not only a rewarding profession but it can also help quite a bit if you want to acquire assets. Even though many people prefer low-interest rates when borrowing money for big purchases like homes and cars, others opt to pay cash because they feel it’s more practical in the long run (also known as paying now vs later).