Plumbing Professionals are specialists that focus in installing and maintaining systems for potable water, sewage, and drainage in plumbing systems. These people are able to do the following:
- Read and interpret drawings that specify water supply, waste, and venting system layouts.
- Detect and correctly identify the cause of faults in plumbing appliances and systems.
- Install, repair, and maintain domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing fixtures and systems.
- Comply with legal safety regulations related to plumbing.
- Ensure that the standards for safety in plumbing are met.
It takes years of training and apprenticeship in order to become a highly skilled plumbing professional. Some professionals even attend technical school in order to gain knowledge and experience in the field. Moreover, in some States, Master Plumbers need to acquire a license in order to practice their profession.
As of 2012, the median pay for plumbers is $49,140 per year or $23.62 per hour.
According to the United Stated Department of Labor, Plumbers, together with pipefitters, and steamfitters work in factories, homes, businesses, and other places where there are pipes or septic systems. They have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average. Plumbers are often on call for emergencies, so evening and weekend work is common.