When a plumbing problem appears, we are all very quick to dial our favorite plumber and cry for help. And sure enough, in just a few minutes they’ll appear at your door, bringing every possible plumbing equipment piece in the book, making you feel instantaneously relieved.
Depending on the type of plumbing issue you were faced with, they will leave you with a good bill that is much easier to pay than water damage restoration.
But once the dust settles and your plumbing is as good as new, you’ll forget about the person who allowed you to live stress-free and enjoy the luxury of working a plumbing system. You won’t give them a second thought, not knowing there are so many interesting facts about your plumber, and any other in the U.S.
- They Are Not a Diverse Bunch
Demographic information on plumbers uncovered that around 68 percent of plumbers in the U.S are White. Those of Hispanic ethnicity make about 17 percent and around 9 percent are African American.
The interest in the plumbing carrier though hasn’t changed much since 2008 for all ethnic groups. In the period between 2008 and 2018, the percentages went up or down by barely 1 percent when compared to today’s results.
The numbers are surely uneven, but that is nothing compared to the data showing plumber diversity by gender. Out of plumbers in the U.S., only about 2 percent are women.
- Plumbers Speak Foreign Languages
There are good chances that your plumber speaks a foreign language fluently. As many as 72.2% of plumbers in the U.S. speak the Spanish language and they do it quite well.
After Spanish, the French language speaks only about 6% of plumbers, and the German language speaks 4.2% of plumbers.
- Plumbers are Gaining Popularity
As the years go by, it seems that more people decide to become plumbers and the profession had an increase in popularity. In 2016 there were 468,869 plumbers in the U.S. alone, and the number of plumbers keeps rising every year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the plumbing industry will grow as much as 24 percent between 2014 and 2024. Not only is the plumbing profession popular these days, but it also had one of the biggest unemployment rates ever. From 16,8% in 2010, to only 3,8% in 2018.
- Plumbers Love Switching Jobs
Whether they are dissatisfied with working conditions or not, the fact is most plumbers, 33% of them in fact, prefer to stay in one company for 1-2 years maximum. 25% of plumbers stay less than a year. 16% of plumbers stay at their job for 3-4 years, 13% for 5-7 years and only 4% of plumbers stay loyal to one company for 8-10 years. Those who stayed with the company for more than 11 years make up around 8%.
- Plumbers are Usually Middle-aged
More than half of all plumbers in the U.S. fall into the 40+ category, where age is concerned. Those between years 30-40 make up 27 percent, and those from years 20-30 make up around 20 percent.
- Plumbers are Ruling California
California, by far, has the highest number of plumbers in the U.S. There are 47,600 plumbers in California and most of them work in the Los Angeles area. This means that your local Los Angeles professional plumber has tough competition when it comes to their job. It is easy to see now why plumbers in Los Angeles have taken the plumbing service up a notch.
- They Were Apprentices for Years
Your local plumber didn’t just pick up a wrench one day and declared themselves a plumber. Plumbers actually have to apprentice for about 4 years before passing the State Plumbing License Exam.
In California, for example, you need to pass two tests to get the license from the California Contractors State Licensing Board. One test will cover plumbing knowledge and another will cover law and business subjects.
Related to their future profession, plumbers will have to answer test related to planning the plumbing projects and estimating everything from costs to measurements, but also have a vast knowledge about terrain preparation, installation of fuel gas systems, post-installation, and various other repairs and services mostly for residential plumbing repairs.
They will also have to answer questions making up 14% of the test related to job site safety and worker safety.