It can take years of training to become a properly qualified plumber or heating engineer. A career in plumbing calls for a dedication to lifelong learning, as the technology advances rapidly.
The plumbing industry holds diverse career paths, good wages and the opportunity for individuals to run their own business.
Many plumbers progress to design, consultancy, teaching and management, making the plumbing and heating industry a career with a long-term future.
However, an understanding of maths and science is vital and those on the tools need a head for heights, the ability to work in cramped conditions and the stamina to complete physically hard work day after day.