Job Projections Plumbers: 16 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026.
Median U.S. Salary: $53.910 per year (in 2018).*
Job Projections HVAC Installers: 15 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026.
Median U.S. Salary: $47, 610 per year (in 2018).*
Education Requirements: Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters gain career training by attending a technical school or learning on the job through an apprenticeship. Due to the complexity of most HVACR systems, employers generally prefer applicants with a career and technical education background, postsecondary education, or those who have completed an apprenticeship.