Bob Dylan’s well known 1964 song, “The Times They Are A Changin’” opens with the line,

Come gather ‘round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.

Well, he’s right. Times are changing and people may soon be “drenched to the bone”. Why? Because there won’t be any plumbers left to fix leaks! There was a time when the trades were a popular choice for kids coming out of high school. Now days, college dominates the view for high school grads. Eighteen-year-olds are less interested in becoming plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and more. According to an article from last year by the National Association of Home Builders, only 3% of the surveyed 18 to 25-year-olds would consider a career in the trades. The times have changed. Despite the lack of interest, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states the demand for plumbers is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026. That is 9% higher than the national average growth for jobs!

The problem is evident: there is a growing demand for plumbers and too few willing to meet the demands. Even with a median annual wage that is much higher than the national average for U.S. workers (including college graduates) and not having to accrue large college debt, young people still don’t seem to be interested in the trades. How could that be? It’s possible that this is due to friends, family, schools, media outlets, social media, and more focusing on a one size fits all college model for career success so much that kids never get to consider all the benefits of working in the trades. No doubt, college can offer a great experience with good educational opportunities, but the trades can also offer amazing career and educational experiences and opportunities in fields with an ever-increasing market demand for their skills.

Apex Plumbing is a licensed Class A Plumbing Contractor that specializes in underground wet utility installation, service and repair. We have experienced strong and steady growth in the last five years and are positioned for even greater growth in the next five. We are always looking to hire the best so we can continue that growth. Specifically, we’re looking for Class A CDL drivers, crew leaders, backhoe operators, pipe layers, concrete finishers, and laborers. We provide very competitive pay, full benefits, holiday and vacation pay, opportunities for training and advancement, and a positive working environment, being employed by the largest wet utilities service contractor in the Denver Metro area. To apply, please visit our employment page. If you are in need of our services such as a sewer repair or water line replacement, please contact us today for your FREE estimate!

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