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Plumber

The people who keep everything flowing and unclogged, plumbers install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gases here, there and everywhere.

Everywhere you go in Texas, you’ll notice new housing, shopping centers and office buildings. What do all of these projects have in common? Plumbing. A plumber installs pipes and fittings that carry water, gas and other fluids and substances. Some plumbers may specialize in residential services, while others, including specialist pipefitters and steamfitters, may work on large-scale commercial projects.

In plumbing, there are different certified levels: journey- and master-level. As a journeyman plumber, you are ready to install, maintain and repair plumbing and drainage systems as well as gas lines. As a master plumber, you may develop blueprints for large construction jobs and determine the placement of pipes and fixtures. You’re also familiar with building codes and have the responsibility of making sure all plumbing is properly placed and on budget.

Most plumbers have a high school diploma, complete an apprenticeship and hold the required licensure and certifications.

$34,776

entry level salary estimate

$61,324

experienced level salary estimate

5,751

projected annual job openings

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Taking pride in your work, with results that can last for many years. That’s the feeling you can get with a career in construction and the many related skilled trades that support this vital industry. If you’re looking for a career where you can be “hands-on,” the opportunities in this field are abundant, from plumbers to planners. For many careers in construction, you’ll need specialized skills that can be gained through certificate programs.

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Sources:

Texas Labor Market Information, Texas Workforce Commission. Statewide wages by occupation, 2021. Statewide projections by occupation, 2020-2030.

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