The movement of liquids and gases through pipes is critical to modern life. In homes, water is needed for both drinking and sanitation. In factories, chemicals are moved to aid in product manufacturing. In power plants, steam is moved to drive turbines that generate electricity. Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters install and repair these pipe systems.
Their jobs encompass a variety of duties:
Install pipes and fixtures.
Study blueprints and follow state and local building codes.
Determine the amount of material and type of equipment needed.
Inspect and test installed pipe systems and pipelines.
Troubleshoot systems that are not working.
Replace worn parts.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and postsecondary nondegree award (certificate)
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing faster than average (12 percent projected growth)*