We surveyed 1,382 plumbers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical plumber. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a plumber?

Low

High

Working as a plumber typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a plumber?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a plumber typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as a plumber?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a plumber. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for plumbers.

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Do plumbers work full-time or part-time?

78% of plumbers work in full-time roles while 22% work part-time.

Is being a plumber stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst plumbers, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a plumber?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a plumber.

How competitive is the workplace for plumbers?

Low

High

Plumbers see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a plumber require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for plumbers.

Are plumbers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Plumbers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do plumbers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally plumbers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a plumber physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a plumber requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are plumbers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, plumbers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a plumber require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a plumber.

Does being a good plumber require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a plumber.