If you are interested in a career as a plumber, consider becoming a plumbing contractor. As a plumbing contractor you will work on both residential and commercial projects.
On a daily basis, you might find yourself installing a water heater or faucet. You might visit construction sites and consult with the builders about using a gas or electric water heater. Some jobs might be as simple as detecting the source of a leak, or as complex as changing out a septic system.
A Septic system is what homes that are not connected to the sewer use to dispose of their waste. If the tank is not draining properly, the waste can back into a client’s yard. To repair this problem, you might pump out the tank with a large hose that acts as a vacuum, removing the waste. You might inspect the pipes to see if they need to be replaced, or decide that the home is better off connecting to the sewer if possible.
To become a plumber you will need to be good with your hands, and have a solid understanding of math and physics. Most people serve as an apprentice and learn under another licensed professional before getting certified themselves. There may also be some classroom learning involved. You will have to learn about everything from basic pipe maintenance to boilers.
Whether you decide to focus on domestic or commercial plumbing, becoming a contractor can lead to a long and rewarding career. For more information on how to become a plumber, check with your local technical school or ask a local plumber.