Commercial Plumber, Drain Cleaner, Plumber, Drain Technician, Fire Control System Installer   More Names
Green Plumber, Heating Unit Installer, Hot Water Heater Installer, Journeyman Plumber, Maintenance Plumber, Master Plumber, Plumber, Plumber Apprentice, Plumber Gasfitter, Plumbing and Heating Mechanic, Plumbing Mechanic, Plumbing Technician, Residential Plumber, Service Plumber, Service Technician, Soft Water Mechanic, Water Softener Installer, Water Softener Servicer, Water Softener Servicer and Installer

The plumber installs, repairs, maintains, and services piping and plumbing systems and equipment used for drinking (potable) water distribution, sanitary storm water systems, and waste disposal. They also work on technical installations for Medical Gas, Hydronic in-floor heating, Solar Panels, Heat Pumps, Cross-Connection Control and many other systems necessary for the health and safety of the general public.

Their work is found mostly in the new home building and renovation, high rises, and commercial construction sectors including hospitals schools and other institutional buildings. In addition to their traditional duties, plumbers, and pipefitters and steamfitters that are working in "green" fields also: - Calculate costs or savings for water- or energy-efficient appliances or systems.

- Compile information on governmental incentive programs related to the installation of energy or water saving plumbing systems or devices. - Determine sizing requirements for solar hot water heating systems, taking into account factors such as site orientation, load calculations, or storage capacity requirements. - Install alternative water sources, such as rainwater harvesting systems or graywater reuse systems.

- Install green plumbing equipment, such as faucet flow restrictors, dual-flush or pressure-assisted flush toilets, or tankless hot water heaters. - Install, test, or commission solar thermal or solar photovoltaic hot water heating systems. - Perform domestic plumbing audits to identify ways in which customers might reduce consumption of water or energy. - Recommend energy or water saving products, such as low-flow faucets or shower heads, water-saving toilets, or high-efficiency hot water heaters. - Weld small pipes or special piping, using specialized techniques, equipment, or materials, such as computer-assisted welding or microchip fabrication.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
12% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $38,530 - $68,770    Hourly: $19 - $33
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

This occupation involves active, sometimes strenuous, duties.  Plumbers work both in and out of doors, in all weather conditions. They work on ladders, scaffolding, in high places and underground. They must be able to work in close quarters and the work can be dirty.

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Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

12% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $38,530 - $68,770

Hourly: $19 - $33