If you’re thinking about a career change, or looking for a path to follow after high school, trades training makes a lot of sense.
But, which trade?
There is a long list of occupations to choose from—everything from carpenter, welder, and auto mechanic, to steamfitter, powerline technician, brick and stone mason…and, of course, plumber!
Why should you consider plumber training above all other trades?
Well, first and foremost, you should have a genuine interest in plumbing technology and systems. No career is worth pursuing if you don’t think you’d actually enjoy doing the work every day.
But if you know a thing or two about plumbing, and think this could be a good fit for you, it’s time to look at the practical side of the equation.
Here’s our list of very good reasons why plumber training is a smart career move, and an excellent investment in your future.
Steady supply of jobs & excellent wages for plumbers
If you look at the latest jobs report from the Government of Canada, you’ll find we’re expecting a steady flow of new jobs for plumbers over the next 10 years.
There is a good balance between new plumbers and available jobs, with most openings coming from the booming construction industry.
Demand for maintenance and repair work is also expected to stay strong, as well as the need for retrofits and upgrades to existing plumbing systems.
The latest stats say that 93% of Ontario plumbers have full-time work—compared to an average of just 80% for all other occupations.
And the wages are good, too. Plumbers in the Toronto region earn the most in the province, with a median rate of $30/hour (about $60,000 per year).
At the highest end of the pay-scale, plumbers in the GTA are making as much as $46/hour (approximately $90,000 per year). Click here to see the complete wage report for Ontario plumbers.
Along with electricians, plumbers make some of the highest salaries in the skilled trades.
Looking for a trade with healthy employment prospects and excellent earning potential? Becoming a plumber is definitely a smart bet.
Plumbers won’t get outsourced any time soon
Many Canadians are concerned about the number of companies outsourcing local jobs to foreign countries, to cut on salary costs.
In addition to hiring foreign workers, a number of organizations (such as the Royal Bank of Canada) are actually setting up branches overseas to take advantage of cheaper labour.
Telecommunications and IT jobs have been very hard hit by this trend. On the other hand, skilled trades like plumber, are far more difficult to outsource or automate.
Peter Harris, editor-in-chief of Workopolis and an expert on the Canadian job market, says this offers tradespeople a major economic advantage over many white collar professionals:
“Positions in the skilled trades are far more insulated from being sent offshore and to automation…the two biggest threats to many career paths.”
Rest assured, we’ll be continuing to rely on local (non-robot) talent in essential trades like plumbing for many years to come.
Plumber training leads to a variety of career paths
Becoming a plumber doesn’t mean you’ll just be fixing toilets and unclogging drains, day after day.
There are quite a few ways to specialize in this trade, including designing systems for new buildings, developing new plumbing technologies, and working to improve city water systems.
You could choose between residential, commercial, and industrial projects, work in plumbing sales, or specialize in fire suppression sprinkler systems.
Of course, you could also start your own plumbing business and become your own boss. Plumbing training opens up a range of employment options—another reason this path makes good career sense.
Skilled plumbers are well-respected & highly valued
Clean, running water is vital to human health. As respect for the skilled trades grows, we’re seeing greater recognition for people who provide essential services, like plumbers and electricians.
Gone are the days when society considered trades less “important” or prestigious than white collar jobs.
It definitely helps that plumbers are some of the best paid tradespeople out there. But there’s also an awareness of just how much we rely on their expertise to function as a society.
We could barely survive a single day without access to safe drinking water and the many, many conveniences of indoor plumbing.
When a city water main breaks, or something as basic as a shower won’t work, everything grinds to a halt.
The world needs plumbers to run smoothly—and that’s a major source of pride and satisfaction for the professionals who work in this trade.
And last, but certainly not least: after you’ve officially become a plumber, you’ll NEVER have to pay for plumbing services again!
And given how much it can cost for a simple home service call, this means serious savings for any homeowner.
Just be ready to help out close friends and family, too…because they’ll definitely come calling!
Want to learn more about plumber training, the benefits of becoming a plumber, and how to get started in this trade?
Take the first step by getting in touch with a student advisor at the Pre-apprenticeship Training (PAT) Institute—the best plumber school in Ontario.
Click below to request fast, free information about PAT’s Plumber Program.
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