According to the US Department of Labor, employment in the plumbing industry is expected to grow faster than many other occupations, with projections pointing to 16 percent growth within the next ten years. With continuous innovations in residential and commercial plumbing, for visual appeal, comfort and energy use, the growing need for licensed plumbing professionals in Massachusetts and the United States continues to outpace the number of professionals currently training in the trade. But there’s a lot to look forward to in the industry.
Plumbing for good
Plumbing is a trade that isn’t affected by economic ups and downs. Access to safe, clean water is a human right that goes beyond convenience and comfort. In times of water shortage or drought, caused by weather or high demand, licensed, certified plumbers are the ones engineering solutions that can save lives — as well as energy and resources. Efficiency in new product design and innovative delivery put plumbers at the forefront of water conservation efforts as well. This is demonstrated in everything from tankless water heaters, which use up to 20 percent less energy than traditional storage-style water heaters to solar water heating systems, which are rapidly gaining ground in both the home and industrial markets.
As the home remodeling industry continues to grow, so will the need for qualified, certified plumbers, to meet the demands of younger homeowners who seek innovative, green plumbing solutions for their living spaces. From installing low flow fixtures, such as toilets and showerheads to more complex solutions such as automatic faucets, dual plumbing systems and even composting toilets, residential and commercial customers want the benefit of eco-friendly technology without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.
Smart Technology in Plumbing
Consumers want everything in their lives to be connected these days, and that includes their homes. Smart home technology extends beyond security systems to operating lighting and appliances with your smart phone. Smart phones can control heating, air conditioning and even water pressure. Today’s smart dishwashers operate more efficiently, saving water and reducing energy cost for owners. Plumbing continuing education is a great way to stay ahead of trends like smart technology—and keep your skills in high demand.
Upgrading Comfort and Style
Water filtering systems and heated flooring are just two ways homeowners are looking to improve the comfort and the value of their kitchens, with the help of an expert, licensed plumber. In bathrooms, innovations in comfort include toilet bowls with night lights and bathroom sinks that show water temp using red or blue lights. There are touchless sinks and toilets, and hands-free faucets, for the ultimate in ease and safety.
Future Forward Plumbing
Whether working for home or commercial clients, on a municipal or industrial scale, plumbers have a future filled with opportunity. And as technological advances in water conservation, convenience and comfort continue to evolve, professional plumbers will lead the charge.
You don’t even need to spend your weekend or evenings in a classroom to upgrade your training and renew your plumbing license. At-Leisure offers online Massachusetts Plumber Continuing Education courses that are comprehensive and convenient.