Waco, Texas (PRWEB) September 20, 2013 - As the qualified pool of skilled tradesmen continues to shrink (Forbes, March 2013) and public officials laud the trades as a viable option for our graduating youth (NY Daily News, May 2013), Mr. Rooter Plumbing is taking the time to honor the plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters working hard during National Tradesmen Day on September 20, 2013.
“As the labor pool containing skilled tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians and maintenance repairmen remains at a shortage, we wanted to ensure we take the time to honor those tradesmen on whom our industry and way of life depend,” stated President of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, Mary Kennedy Thompson. “National Tradesmen Day is a great way to recognize the impact tradesmen have on our lives and to raise awareness of the imminent need for more folks to look into a trade profession.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a plumber in 2010 was roughly $47,000. This income outpaced comparable occupational workers’ annual earnings by close to $15,000. In addition, the employment of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, aiding in job security.
Mr. Rooter and Thompson, a recently licensed plumber herself, continues working alongside Mr. Rooter franchises across the nation on defining a strategy for recruiting and retaining skilled technicians in the plumbing trade. In addition, The Dwyer Group®, parent company of Mr. Rooter, has implemented the Women In The Trades initiative to aid in the recruitment of women in to these skilled professions.
“The intent of our Women In The Trades initiative is two-fold,” stated Dina Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group. “With this program, we are looking to encourage women who possess an interest in a trade career the opportunity to pursue that path. Secondly, we want to foster those women who are already in a trade profession to continue to grow and prosper in their chosen career.”
“Young people should know that being a plumber is an honorable profession. The opportunity to make a good income and provide for your family with a great standard of living is definitely possible with a job in this industry,” Thompson commented. “Mr. Rooter franchisees are consistently looking for qualified plumbing technicians to help us grow our brand.”
Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500” and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers. Mr. Rooter began franchising in 1974 and is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information or to find the location nearest you, please visit our Web site at http://www.mrrooter.com.
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