Good news! Plumbing employment is expected to grow by 16% through 2018 because many plumbers are reaching retirement age-this is according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plumbing is a career with good employment prospects, it requires more than just fixing leaky faucets-plumbers can also install, maintain and repair various pipe systems, depending on their certification and specialty training. Plumbing skills can be used over a range of areas, from manufacturing plants, warehouses, apartment buildings to schools and colleges. The new construction industry has been one of the hardest hit industries in the recession; as a result, plumbers have switched to more service and maintenance work rather than just new construction. Skilled young people are needed to replace the plumbers reaching retirement age.