Plumber

Plumber

Plumbers keep water and wastewater flowing, by installing and maintaining the pipes, fixtures, plumbing and appliances used in homes and businesses.
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Job Outlook 2012-2022*

12% projected growth

 
Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent to enter an apprenticeship
Preferred = 4- or 5-year plumbing apprenticeship

 
Responsibilities*
  • Install pipes and fittings that carry anything from water, steam, air, waste, or a variety of other liquids and gasses
  • Determine the required materials for a job to complete a repair or install a system
  • Fix plumbing related problems such as a leak, a clog, or issues with septic systems
  • Cut pipes to exact lengths and cut holes in walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Inspect pipes and structures to ensure they are up to code and do not need repair
  • Install fixtures such as sinks, bathtubs, water heaters, dishwashers, and industrial holding tanks
 
Average Wages in Arkansas**

Annual = $38,170
Hourly = $18.35

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/plumbers-pipefitters-and-steamfitters.htm (visited April 22, 2015).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#47-0000 (visited April 22, 2015).