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– Median annual salary in 2021: $59,880

– Typical education required for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

– Typical on-the-job training needed: Apprenticeship

– Projected change in employment (from 2020 to 2030): 5%

Although they may use different approaches or techniques, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters install, inspect, test, repair and maintain pipelines, piping systems and fixtures used to transport water, gas and other substances.

Depending on the materials they use, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters may specialize in residential (copper, steel, and plastic pipes) or industrial (large steel pipes) projects.

Plumbers, who are considered journeymen or masters depending on their training and experience, fall into the residential category and primarily deal with water, gas, and piping systems for homes and businesses. Pipe fitters and steam fitters (or fitters) specialize in systems found in industrial, manufacturing and commercial industries, which may transport chemicals, acids and gases.

The projected 5% job growth for plumbers, pipe fitters and steam fitters is based on the 2020 recovery from the COVID-19 recession, which led to an influx of new construction. There is also an increased call for sprinkler installers as states update building codes for fire suppression systems.

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