There are currently an estimated 480,600 plumbers in the United States. The plumber job market is expected to grow by 15.6% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are plumbers?
CareerExplorer rates plumbers with a B employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 81,900 plumbers. That number is based on 75,200 additional plumbers, and the retirement of 6,700 existing plumbers.
Are plumbers in demand?
A shortage of qualified licensed plumbers is expected to create employment opportunities, especially in view of growth in the construction and building renovations industries. Bathroom remodelling, in particular, should generate demand in the field. Job seekers with welding experience will enjoy further prospects. Of course, existing plumbing systems in both the residential and commercials sectors will continue to produce repair and maintenance jobs for plumbers. Construction of new septic tanks and waste water treatment plants may also contribute to the job pool. Stricter water efficiency standards for toilets and showerheads and rules for home and business sprinkler systems will likely lead to more work for plumbers. Most available jobs are predicted to be with plumbing and pipefitting contractors. A significant number of openings will follow the imminent retirement of many tradespeople in general.
What’s the supply of plumbers?
The plumber industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York
Plumber job market by state
|State Name||Employed Plumbers|
|District of Columbia||1,020|