Prospects for those entering the profession are projected to be excellent. There will be high demand for workers in this area, and not enough people to respond to that demand as many people look for employment that is less physically demanding.
Plumbers are a familiar sight to most people who employ them to fix a leak or install a sink. Plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters, and steamfitters do much more than this, however. They install and perform work on many different pipe systems from water treatment plants that service an entire town to skyscrapers to homes. They might also work on waste removal, gas, or climate control systems. Pipes are used in all of these different areas, plus they are used to hold steam to power turbine engines, or in industrial facilities to transport materials.