Woman Documents Plumbing Journey Through Social Media

Anna Pearson, currently an apprentice in Las Vegas, has tried to also be an advocate for the plumbing industry while pursuing her own career

Woman Documents Plumbing Journey Through Social Media

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As of 2021, 11% of women make up the construction industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is far less than other industries, including professional and business services, where women make up 42% of the workforce. The industry has made efforts over the years to support the growth of women in construction, but there are still stereotypes that impact the number of women entering the field.

Companies, such as Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC), have enthusiastically joined the effort to support women in the trades, especially plumbing. The company has been sharing the stories of amazing female plumbers to celebrate their perspectives and to underscore one key truth: Plumbing is a good career path — and not only for men. 

With Women’s History Month, Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day all falling in March, now couldn’t be a better time to share stories of successful female plumbers, one of which is Anna Pearson

A plumbing apprentice at A-Better Plumbing in Las Vegas, Pearson uses her social media platforms, where she is affectionately known as the Plumbing Princess, to document her journey and promote the plumbing trade. As a young plumbing professional, her mission is to show the world that plumbers are all sorts of different people from various walks of life. And by amplifying her journey online, she can connect with the younger generation, showing an amazing career to be had.

“Genuinely, I want people to join the trades,” Pearson says. “I want it to be a growing industry again.” 

When it came down to deciding her career path, Pearson never wanted to be stuck in a cubicle for 40 hours a week, every week. As an active person, she wanted a career that allowed movement. This philosophy, in addition to several life changes, led her to consider plumbing. 

“I was working veterinary medicine, and even though I loved it, it wasn’t paying me enough to support myself,” Pearson says.

She called her dad, who is her mentor, a master plumber and a business owner. He helped her think about her situation realistically. She had tried college, selling insurance and retail. Nothing ever really stuck, so Pearson’s dad suggested trying a trade. 

“I researched it for a few days,” Pearson says. “I saw nothing but good things, so I decided to go ahead and take the plunge.”

As a young woman heading into the plumbing field, the job title of “plumber” can bring a lot of stereotypes. Pearson’s friends were really surprised when she said she was pursuing a plumbing career. In their minds, this could have been the last resort for Pearson. But now they see her successes and are supportive of her decision, Pearson says. 

“What I love most about plumbing is that it’s not your normal workday,” she says. “It’s an adventure. Every day I learn something new. You don’t get to say that about a lot of other industries or fields of work.”

Now, after discovering her passion for plumbing, Pearson wants to become a journeyperson. With plumbing, she knows there will always be a job, and there will always be something new to learn. A steady career keeps bills paid, supports families, buys homes and creates legacies, and that’s what plumbing and the trades do for people, she says.

“Everything that I’m learning, I’m going to be using and I’m getting paid to do it,” Pearson says. “For those people who are maybe a little lost, or those people like me, where schooling was never their strong suit, hands down, go into a trade. You’re not going to regret it.”

To view Pearson’s full testimonial, click here. Or check out similar stories from Starr Delgado and Kim Yeagley.

About the Author

Emily Connell is the brand marketing and communications director at RWC — a market leader and manufacturer of water control systems and plumbing solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications.


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