August 14, 2014
By Ann Carrns
While working underneath a house, Joseph Rosenblum, a plumber in training in northwest Arkansas, confronted a skunk and discovered a talent that he previously hadn’t been aware of: crawling very quickly.
“At least its tail wasn’t facing me,” he recalled. “I had a little bit of a chance to get out of there before I got sprayed.”
Smelly creatures, sewage baths and late-night emergency calls to fix broken pipes are all part of the mix in Mr. Rosenblum’s line of work.
But the potential to earn a good living, doing a job he finds rewarding, outweighs the drawbacks, Mr. Rosenblum, 34, said. He figures that if he works hard, he can earn from $50,000 to $70,000 a year or even more, once he is fully licensed.
“I know plumbers that make $80,000, $90,000 a year,” he said in a recent interview, after spending an afternoon clearing a clogged drain at a restaurant.
Turns out there may be something to the advice your meddling uncle gave you at your high school graduation, about skipping college and becoming a plumber instead.
Article from: NYTimes.com (originally run on 3/24/14)