Plumbing is one of the highest paid sectors of the construction industry according to the US Bureau of Labor. Plumbers install, maintain and repair various plumbing systems including water systems, drainage systems, waste disposal and gas systems. These tasks involve assembling the correct piping pieces, placing them and connecting them through various sealing techniques. Plumbers also repair any leaks or clogs within a plumbing system, be it in a dishwasher, a toilet, water heater, underground piping or a bathtub.
Individuals pursuing a career in plumbing combine professional training with an apprenticeship and in some states a license is required. Plumbing courses will teach you to read blueprints, how to fit pipes, brazing and soldering and piping calculations. The median salary for plumbers is currently $49,200 according to the Bureau of Labor.
Since plumbers are often on their feet, physical stamina is required. Related areas of study and careers include construction management, air-conditioning, carpentry, electrician, and sheet-metal work.