Job opportunities in the plumbing industry is usually through small firms or self-employment. Employment is also possible with federal, or state and territory government departments concerned with public works. Plumbers are involved in everything from domestic maintenance to high-rise construction.
With further training and experience, plumbers can become technical and sales representatives, building supervisors, building and construction managers, plumbing inspectors, hydraulics consultants, technical teachers, estimators, building contract administrators, purchasing officers or start their own business.
Demand is linked with activity in the construction industry. However, unlike other building trades, downturns in building activity have less effect on plumbers because of the work available in renovation and maintenance. Demand is also more stable because, by law, certain jobs must be performed by plumbers.
South Australian employers have reported experiencing shortages for this occupation.