Skilled Trades & Vocational

If you like to work with your hands, are interested in the dynamics behind plumbing, pipefitting, and more generally, the movement of water through residential, commercial, or industrial settings, and are searching for a stable, well-paying job in a fast-growing industry without the need for a four-year degree, a Plumbing degree or certification may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Plumbing students typically pursue a certification program, associate degree (2 years), or apprenticeship program at a community college, technical school, or with a plumbing company. An associate degree is usually the highest level of education needed or required by employers. Most states require plumbers to obtain a license prior to practicing the trade, which means passing an examination covering plumbing codes and best practices.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Plumbing Degree Or Certification

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree or certification in Plumbing include:

  • Plumber
  • Pipefitter
  • Sprinklefitter
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters was $55,160 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.