Employment of electricians is expected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of plumbers is expected to grow 12 percent in the same span, also much faster than the average. The growth of the construction industry and the need to maintain existing plumbing and electrical systems is creating a greater demand for electricians and plumbers. Also, stricter efficiency standards for plumbing systems and alternative power generation are spurring employment growth in plumbing and electrical fields. The demand for qualified electricians and plumbers also is expected to rise. "Licensed plumbers are retiring faster than they can be replaced, so there is a serious shortage of plumbers and people going into the plumbing trade," said Paul Abrams , public relations director at Roto-Rooter. "That means ... experienced plumbers are in a position to command high pay, perks and the most attractive working hours. Companies are literally competing with one another to hire experienced plumbers." Latest from the Chron.com Homepage Click below for the top news from around the Houston area and beyond.
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