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The weak job market is prompting many young adults to pursue careers as skilled laborers — jobs that pay well and don't need a four-year degree.There's a steady market for plumbers, and the work can be lucrative, John David McElhaney of McElhaney Plumbing and Hardware in Hattiesburg told The Hattiesburg American. "We're busy non-stop," he said. "It's physically demanding, but it's a fairly easy trade to get into. There a lot of different aspects of plumbing — new construction plumbing, service repair, drain cleaning, septic systems and things like that." The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2010 and 2020, jobs for stonemasons will grow 40 percent, those for plumbers by 26 percent and for construction equipment operator jobs by 23 percent. Annual median pay for stonemasons is about $45,400; for plumbers between $28,300 to $82,300; and about $39,500 for equipment operators, it said.