What’s happening in the economy and how does it relate to the plumbing industry? That’s something not everyone ponders enough in a time when just about every career has been affected by the economy. For those interested in plumbing careers, though, they want to know what their job prospects are and the chances for growth. Once they find out the truth of what’s happening, they’re going to be cautiously inspired based on statistics for the future. The reason it’s cautious is because it’s going to take some time for plumbing careers to get back into demand after taking a bit of a hit in recent years.
Plumbers Hurt During the Housing Crisis
According to the PACE blog for construction and electrical workers, the housing crisis of the last few years affected plumbing careers significantly. That wasn’t something heard in the mainstream media, especially when most of the general public has likely held the belief of plumbers always being in demand. While it may be true during flooding disasters, plumbers have to depend on new homes being constructed during the year to keep their business running continuously.
However, it’s been more than just the lack of new houses being built. The general economy has meant many people putting off certain repairs they’d ordinarily do right away if they had the extra money. Other than taking care of emergencies, some plumbing repair has been delayed by consumers in order to cut expenses. The above PACE blog suggests this also affected plumbing careers dramatically in the last five years.
Recently, with construction getting back on track, those building the homes have thrived ahead of plumbers. This doesn’t mean that plumbers have been left way behind. You should be encouraged about the reports on future plumbing careers and the expected rebirth of the profession.
Expected Growth and Necessary Changes
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says plumbers can expect a 26% uptick in demand through the year 2020. They do remind how those numbers can fluctuate based on the economy and how the housing industry progresses. Nevertheless, plumbing careers will be further helped by new water efficiency laws in place where new showerheads and toilets will have to be installed.
Based on the BLS reports, there’s also going to be an influx in older plumbers retiring, leaving room for many new ones. That’s perhaps due to the Baby Boomer generation who worked as plumbers for many years and are just now turning 65.
As plumbing continues to get back on track, there’s some things that need to be done if a plumber has been around for a while and perhaps only a quarter or halfway into their career.
Updating Contacts, Education and Technology Knowledge
If a plumber wants to get back to the customers they once had, they should reconnect with them if those names are still in a database. Before working with them again, it’s a good idea to update certifications and other education to show customers an update in skills and awareness of current standards. As part of that, plumbers need to learn about new plumbing technology to stay competitive. Green plumbing technology, especially, will be more in demand and can help any plumber gain back old customers while gaining new ones.
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