Plumbing

720 Words Dec 16th, 2012 3 Pages
Kevin McPheeters
Instructor’ Choice Assignment
Fall2012-ECO2023-Princ Economics II-372686
November 3, 2012

Plumbing
In my current position, I have the chance to dabble in many of your typical industrial trades such as electrical work, carpentry, welding and plumbing. As much as I enjoy this type of work, my job requirements create limitations to my knowledge and experience. I work in a maintenance capacity; therefore it is helpful to know a little bit about a lot, as opposed to being experienced in exclusively one trade. All of the aforementioned trades are suffering a shortage of qualified employees, so the opportunity exists to get into any of them and succeed, career wise as well as monetarily. It just amounts to how hard one is
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You will generally start out as a plumbing apprentice. You would work for a journeyman, who is a licensed plumber. Apprenticeship usually takes two years and can include a combination of trade schools and on the job training. Once this is completed, you can apply to become a licensed plumber, or journeyman. This involves taking a state required certification test. Upon passing this, you are able to practice plumbing as your own business (with proper business related insurance), or be in a lead man role in a plumbing company. The final step is master plumber. This is the final stage of plumbing. It requires a genuine knowledge of plumbing codes and requirements. Usually you will find that the owner of a plumbing company is a master plumber. This level also requires state testing to achieve.
Based on the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the number of jobs in the plumbing industry will increase by 26% between 2010-2020. This is the highest ratio increase in the entire Handbook. As of 2010, the median pay of plumbers is approximately $47,000 per year, just a hair above the median average income in the U.S. This average is based on job levels from apprentice to master and all over the United States. This also assumes a 40 hour work week, which is not the norm in the plumbing industry. One can usually see a plumbing truck on the way to an emergency call any time of the day or night. So the potential for even more income than the median
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