Career possibilities go beyond college and the military
Last month I wrote about the importance of associations, contractors, techs and everyone in the plumbing business to do outreach. There’s a serious lack of new plumbers coming through the metaphorical pipeline, and it’s not very far-fetched to imagine a time when that labor shortage could result in health crises across the country.
Today, career counselors say, there are really only two career paths being shown to high schoolers and community college students in many districts around the region: College and the military. For old guys who’ve done both it’s really easy to see the trades as a great place to earn an excellent living and stand a better-than-average chance at achieving the real American Dream – business ownership.
According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the plumbing trade will grow at a 12% clip until 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, the Bureau says, noting just more than 49,000 new plumbers will be needed during the decade 2014-2024. Also of note is the fact Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters’ median salary during 2016 was $51,450 a year. Believe me, there are mid-career people out there who have been working in college white-collar cubicle job hell who aren’t making that much. There are a couple of interesting talking points for the next time you’re selling the industry to a young person.
Next month we plan to examine a couple of related subjects – first the California PHCC’s “Ride & Decide” program along with an example or two of local outreach working its magic. Also next month, look for a couple more installations, and a profile of our 2017 Western Rep of the Year.
I’ll be heading out tomorrow, as I’m writing this, to the PHCC San Diego event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds then, about the time this print issue comes out, I’ll be chillin’ in China attending the ISH show in Beijing. Look for “live” coverage on our social media pages and a full report with pictures when I get back. Until then…