The role of a plumber can involve numerous tasks, including the installation and maintenance of heating systems, repair of sanitation systems, the fitting of domestic appliances, the installation of air-conditioning units and helping to fit bathrooms. They may also be hired to undertake emergency plumbing repairs.
It takes around four years to become a fully qualified plumber, so dedication is required for those considering the profession. In the UK you'll need an NVQ Diploma (Levels 2 and 3) in plumbing and domestic heating. You will also need to find a work placement in which you can practice the tasks involved in the practical parts of your Diploma.
Another common route into this job is an apprenticeship. 3 GCSEs with grades of A-C in English, Maths and Science are required for this.
Personal qualities for the role include being friendly and good at communication, being patient, a quick learner, dexterous and superb at problem solving.
Plumbing is normally a 9-5, 40 hour a week job, but some roles will involve unsociable hours. Those on emergency call-out must be ready to work at night, at short notice.
As a profession that is still under-served, pay for plumbers is good. Newly qualified plumbers can expect around £21,000 per year, while more experienced plumbers may earn between £30,000 and £35,000 per year.