Pipelayers

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What do they do?

Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal joints.

Also known as:

Pipelayer, Tailman, Waste Water Worker

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Pipelayers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Pipelayers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 9.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #27 in job growth rate
  • 180

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (0.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.9%)
  • Associate's degree (5.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (21.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (42.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (26.4%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Position hand tools.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Weld metal components.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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