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Overview

All Plumbers

  • $1,894 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 80,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 33 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Plumbers install, maintain and repair pipes, drains, guttering and metal roofing, mechanical services and related equipment for water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

You usually need a certificate III in plumbing to work as a Plumber. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required
  • setting out and installing hot and cold water systems and associated equipment
  • installing water-based fire protections systems, including fire hydrants, hose reels and sprinkler systems
  • designing and installing sanitary plumbing and water supply systems, discharge pipes and sanitary fixtures
  • fabricating and installing soil and waste stacks
  • assembling and installing mechanical services plant, air handling and conditioning equipment and small bore heating systems
  • installing sewerage and effluent pumping equipment and disposal systems
  • installing below-ground drainage systems and associated ground support systems
  • installing gas appliances, flues and pressure regulating devices
  • fabricating and installing metal roofing, rainwater goods and flashings

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III in plumbing to work as a Plumber. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    76% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Building and construction

    70% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Technical design

    64% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Customer and personal service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Engineering and technology

    58% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  6. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Education and training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  8. Public safety and security

    49% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  9. Chemistry

    47% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. English language

    46% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Physics

    44% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  12. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  13. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  14. Transportation

    32% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  15. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Administration and management

    26% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  17. Psychology

    25% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Production and processing

    24% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  20. Clerical

    23% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Repairing

    48% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  3. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  5. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  7. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  14. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  15. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  16. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  19. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Extent flexibility

    61% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  2. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  4. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  5. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  8. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Control precision

    46% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  11. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  13. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  15. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  16. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  17. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  18. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Balance

    41% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  20. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    76% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    72% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Working with the public

    56% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    52% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    50% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    50% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    50% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Scheduling work and activities

    49% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    49% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Communicating within a team

    47% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Coordinating the work of a team

    47% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  14. Controlling equipment or machines

    46% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  15. Looking for changes over time

    45% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  16. Driving vehicles or equipment

    45% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  17. Training and teaching others

    45% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    42% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Researching and investigating

    38% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    38% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    88% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Telephone

    87% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    83% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  6. Contact with people

    83% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Very hot or cold temperatures

    82% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    81% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Cramped work space

    81% Important

    Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Spend time standing

    80% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    79% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  15. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  16. Indoors, not heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  17. Dangerous equipment

    78% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  18. Frequent decision making

    78% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  19. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    76% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Support

    57% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  5. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    62% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2152.02 - Plumbers.

All Plumbers

  • $1,894 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 80,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 33 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Plumbers install, maintain and repair pipes, drains, guttering and metal roofing, mechanical services and related equipment for water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

You usually need a certificate III in plumbing to work as a Plumber. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required
  • setting out and installing hot and cold water systems and associated equipment
  • installing water-based fire protections systems, including fire hydrants, hose reels and sprinkler systems
  • designing and installing sanitary plumbing and water supply systems, discharge pipes and sanitary fixtures
  • fabricating and installing soil and waste stacks
  • assembling and installing mechanical services plant, air handling and conditioning equipment and small bore heating systems
  • installing sewerage and effluent pumping equipment and disposal systems
  • installing below-ground drainage systems and associated ground support systems
  • installing gas appliances, flues and pressure regulating devices
  • fabricating and installing metal roofing, rainwater goods and flashings

You usually need a certificate III in plumbing to work as a Plumber. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    76% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Building and construction

    70% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Technical design

    64% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Customer and personal service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Engineering and technology

    58% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  6. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Education and training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  8. Public safety and security

    49% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  9. Chemistry

    47% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. English language

    46% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Physics

    44% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  12. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  13. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  14. Transportation

    32% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  15. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Administration and management

    26% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  17. Psychology

    25% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Production and processing

    24% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  20. Clerical

    23% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Repairing

    48% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  3. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  5. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  7. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  14. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  15. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  16. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  19. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Extent flexibility

    61% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  2. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  4. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  5. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  8. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Control precision

    46% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  11. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  13. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  15. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  16. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  17. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  18. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Balance

    41% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  20. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    76% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    72% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Working with the public

    56% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    52% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    50% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    50% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    50% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Scheduling work and activities

    49% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    49% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Communicating within a team

    47% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Coordinating the work of a team

    47% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  14. Controlling equipment or machines

    46% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  15. Looking for changes over time

    45% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  16. Driving vehicles or equipment

    45% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  17. Training and teaching others

    45% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    42% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Researching and investigating

    38% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    38% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2152.02 - Plumbers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    88% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Telephone

    87% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    83% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  6. Contact with people

    83% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Very hot or cold temperatures

    82% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    81% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Cramped work space

    81% Important

    Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Spend time standing

    80% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    79% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  15. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  16. Indoors, not heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  17. Dangerous equipment

    78% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  18. Frequent decision making

    78% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  19. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    76% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Support

    57% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  5. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    62% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2152.02 - Plumbers.
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