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Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Education & Credentials


Educational Requirements

High School or less


Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma16.5
High school diploma or equivalent46.6
Some college, no degree24.3
Associate degree7.5
Bachelors degree4.3
Masters degree0.5
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.2


Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Apprenticeship to become competent.


Current Training Opportunities

Related Programs



Click on any of the Majors listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.


Transfer Options



A registered apprenticeship is a structured way of learning a skilled occupation, craft, or trade. It combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

View the recent 10 apprenticeship(s) for this occupation.



Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required in some careers.

This occupation requires a license.

Apprentice Plumber Registration
Apprenticeship Registration
Backflow Prevention Certification
Fire Protection Managing Employee Certificate
Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor License
Fire Protection Sprinkler System Designer Contractor License
Fire Protection Sprinkler System Limited Contractor License
High Pressure Pipefitter (HPP) Contractor
High Pressure Pipefitter (HPP) Journeyman
Journeyman Plumber License
Journeyman Sprinkler Fitter Certificate
Limited Journeyman Sprinkler Fitter Certificate
Master Plumber License
Multipurpose Potable Water Piping System Journeyman Certificate
Sprinkler Fitter (Journeyman) Certificate
Unlicensed High Pressure Pipefitter (HPP) Registration
Unlicensed Individual -Plumbing Registration
Water Conditioning Contractor
Water Conditioning Installer -Journeyman


Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Accounting
  • Algebra I and II
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Business Computer Applications
  • CAD Design
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Technical Writing
  • Trigonometry
  • Woodworking

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose


O*NET in-it

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