The Facts About a Career in Plumbing

At one point, the idea was widely accepted that the only way to earn a well-paying job and support a family was by completing a four-year degree at an accredited institution. However, with the cost of education, even for state-run institutions, ever-rising, that statement is no longer always believed to be true. More and more people are turning to vocational programs after high school, or for a mid-life career change, than ever before — and for good reason too!

Encouraging Facts About Becoming a Plumber

  • A reported 53% of college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.
    This means that pretty penny they spent on an education now has them in debt, with little-to-no means of digging themselves out anytime soon.
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Education, William J. Bennett, admitted that many four-year colleges may not actually be worth the money.
    In fact, he wrote an entire book about the subject, which can be found on Amazon, among other places.
  • After five years, with standard pay raises, a plumber will make more money than a teacher and a law enforcement official.
    Again, that’s assuming that all three individuals receive regular, standard pay increases — which is typical of their tiered pay structure.
  • The average cost of a bachelor’s degree in the United States is $127,000.
    On top of that, an estimated 70% of degree-seekers take out loans to help pay their college tuition, with 20% owing more than $50,000 in the end, and 5.6% owing more than $100,000.
  • Only 36% of first-year college students graduate within six years.
    About 40% drop out altogether, as opposed to the 1.6% dropout rate for trade schools.
  • The average cost of a vocational school of tech college is $33,000.
    Generally speaking, five years after graduating from high school, a service industry professional is debt free and has a marketable skill they can use anywhere.
  • U.S. News ranks plumbing the #1 job in the Best Construction Jobs category, and the #48 job in the Best 100 Jobs category.
    Fortunately, they also report nearly 76k plumbing jobs available on the market currently.

Learn more about plumbing jobs in Orange County.

Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter is hiring! That’s right. We’re on the hunt for friendly, qualified candidates like you to join the Barker team. Employment benefits include a competitive salary, continual training and industry education, health insurance, paid vacation, retirement savings plans and more!

Contact us today for more information or to submit your employment application. We even run an apprenticeship program with the PHCC of California, so you can earn while you learn!