If you’re looking for a lucrative and fulfilling career option, becoming a plumber could be an excellent career choice for you. There are several benefits to a choosing a plumbing career that make it a career worth considering.
1. The pay is excellent.
Plumbing is a skill that requires highly specialized knowledge, which is why it is one of the highest paid trades. In the UK, studies show that an average plumber earns between £30 – 35,000 a year, and many earn more than £40,000.
2. The job is recession-proof.
Plumbing came out on top as the most ‘in-demand’ job in a survey of the most recession-proof job sectors in the UK. With millions of buildings in the UK, there will always be a need for plumbers. It is one of the fewest true ‘jobs for life’ left these days. The industry is also experiencing steady growth.
3. You can earn while you learn.
As a plumbing apprentice, you’ll spend time between the classroom of your local training college where you learn the technical theoretical aspects of the job, an out on the job, where you work alongside an experienced plumber. There’s no fixed rate of pay for apprenticeships, but you will be paid a basic salary of at least £2.60 per hour.
4. Real opportunities for advancement.
Plumbing is not a dead-end job. There are significant opportunities for advancement to higher levels. You can advance from being a service technician to an installer, operation manager or distribution manager.
5. Job variety.
One misconception people have of plumbing work is that you are limited to making house calls and fixing toilets or boilers all day. As a plumber, you can work in a range of industries. You can choose to become a plumbing designer, where you’re designing plumbing systems for buildings, develop new plumbing technologies or choose to work with water systems municipalities.
6. Less student loan debt on graduation.
In the UK, most university students today graduate with tens of thousands of pounds worth of student loan debt. As a plumbing apprentice, you’ll be attending a vocational school for far less money. This means you don’t incur any such debt, and you’re actually paid while you learn. Furthermore, unlike most graduates, you’ll have a high earning job when you become fully qualified.
7. It is an important job.
Plumbing is a job that makes a real difference in people’s lives . It does this by harnessing a precious resource (water) to bring comfort into homes and lives.
There are literally millions of homes all around the world without running, clean water. Plumbing is what makes the miracle of clean, drinking water a reality. Something that is often taken for granted.
8. Setup your own business.
As a plumber, you can choose to go into business for yourself. This means you can choose to work when you want and where you want. This is great if you have a family, and need flexibility in your work schedule.
9. No more plumbing bills.
Once you become a plumber, you’ll never have to call out a plumber to fix your plumbing problems, as you’ll be able to handle everything yourself. This will potentially save you thousands of pounds.
10. Social interaction.
As a plumber, you won’t be stuck in an office. Rather, you’ll be out and about where you’ll get to interact with all kinds of people. This can be an excellent way to build a strong plumbing brand for business.