Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) August 24, 2011
While many companies are cutting back, Roto-Rooter, North America’s largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services, is still hiring. The company wants to let high school grads to know about opportunities in plumbing. There’s a shortage of skilled and master plumbers and it can be an ideal career for someone who doesn’t plan to go to college but wants to earn more.
Dave Jones is an area manager at Roto-Rooter. He became interested in plumbing at age 13 by riding along on jobs with his neighbor during the summer. During high school he took trade school classes in plumbing and began an apprenticeship. When he graduated from high school he was prepared for his first job, which was waiting for him when he turned 18. He made more money in his first year as a plumber in training than his father did as a police officer on the force for 15 years!
There is demand for plumbers even in a recession. “People don’t realize the money that can be made in the plumbing field because licensed plumbers are in high demand,” he said. “I love the trade because it’s recession resistant – people always need plumbers and this is one job that can’t be outsourced overseas.”
One of the issues facing the industry is a negative perception of trade jobs and so fewer people want to go into plumbing. However, plumbers are still needed and they play a crucial role in maintaining the health of our society and lifestyles.
A licensed plumber has at least a year of experience as a licensed journeyman (or up to 10 years, depending on state requirements). Master plumbers can supervise and guide the work of plumbers who are just starting out. What can high school grads expect to earn by learning a trade? A journeyman can earn between $28 and $32 an hour (up to $64,000 a year). That’s a pretty nice wage for a person in his or her early twenties.
Trained plumbers install and repair systems that carry water, waste, and gas. They also install and repair home appliances. Plumbers handle water heater repair and maintenance, installations of dishwashers, bathtubs, and showers. Many plumbers specialize. There are pipe fitters who work on pipe systems or steamfitters that work on systems that carry high-pressure liquids or gases. Another specialty is a sprinkler fitter. They install automatic fire sprinkler systems at hospitals, hotels, office buildings, and stores.
People who like to use their hands and don’t want to sit behind a desk but like variety in their work can excel as a plumber. In today’s higher unemployment and changing economy, plumbing is a more stable career. Skilled plumbers are always in demand.
Roto-Rooter is a sound, growing company with a strong, national presence and few large competitors. Our service technicians and plumbers are fully trained in the use of state-of-the-art equipment and ongoing training is provided to keep our employees up-to-date with the latest technologies and licenses.
Find out more about a plumbing career by calling Roto-Rooter’s job hotline at 1-888-JOB-ROTO (562-7686) or apply online at rotorooter.com
Roto-Rooter has been in business since 1935 and is the largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in North America. Roto-Rooter operates businesses in 115 company-owned territories and more than 500 franchise territories, serving approximately 90 percent of the U.S. population and 41 percent of the Canadian population.
We’re serious about making our business a great place to work, with world-class service and growing our business. We offer local and national advancement opportunities for people who share our vision.
Connect with RotoRooter!
# # #