Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters


Will "Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is a small chance this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 21% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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or 35% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $26.52 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 255 out of 707

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People Employed (US)

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Job description

Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinklerfitters.

SOC Code: 47-2152

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bringthon (No chance) says
no chance lol forget it..

manual skilled jobs will be hard to replace but they will evolve
Aug 09, 2020 at 09:39 PM
lol (No chance) says
I'm not sure if robot could do this correctly, or if it will be cheaper than from human beings
Jul 02, 2020 at 09:11 AM
Josh says
I would have preferred a robot from 1994 than the spud who did my bathroom refurb!
Jun 09, 2020 at 09:34 AM
Andreas (Small chance) says
In buildings or industrial facilities where there is a standardised infrastructure built with all used parts digitised in an archive, maybe. But everything with existing infrastructure needs the experience of humans to decide and take action. However, it would be awesome to have a robot with me at work doing stuff like heavy lifts, cleaning, carrying equipment and parts.
May 09, 2020 at 05:58 PM
Mister man (No chance) says
While I understand the seemingly repetitive nature of pipe work, it strikes me as the sort of business that takes a lot more figuring than more repetitive work, such as cashiering
Mar 10, 2020 at 05:54 PM
Marty (No chance) says
Are robots going to go into people's homes to deal with plumbing issues? I highly doubt it.
Jan 27, 2020 at 07:17 PM
Franklin (Small chance) says
I think robots capable of this are decades away and when they do arrive it will probably be cheaper to hire a human.
Dec 21, 2019 at 09:57 AM
Phillip (No chance) says
I just don't see how your gonna get a robot to come to a house, diagnose the plumbing issue and then perform the work to fix it. Thats a complex task and modern robots can still only reliably perform the simplest of tasks. The tech is a long ways away and even if it weren't I don't feel like replacing plumbers would the first thing on the agenda for that tech.
May 23, 2019 at 10:58 PM
Kenny (Small chance) says
Would need very good robots to do this.
May 07, 2019 at 05:57 AM

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