There is no doubt the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) industry is growing in demand. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the HVAC industry became a critical service to countries around the world, opening many new career opportunities for those in the skilled trades. Now, in 2022, the demand for skilled tradespersons in the HVAC industry is still rising. If you are looking for a new job or career path, the HVAC industry is a great long-term career path.
4 REASONS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN HVAC
1. High demand and Long-term Job Stability
One of the best things about the HVAC industry is its suitability for every season. Whether it’s a hot day in Summer, or Cold day in Winter, there will always be work available because people will always need heating, ventilation and air conditioning in their everyday lives.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the HVAC field will increase by 13% by the year 2028 and is fueled by the need to replace older HVAC equipment currently in service with the development of top-of-the-line heating and cooling technologies.
While the demand for the trade has increased, there are currently more HVAC job openings available than there are technicians who are able to fill those vacancies. HVAC companies are continually seeking qualified candidates to close this gap. As HVAC systems have become increasingly more complex, employers generally prefer applicants who have completed a postsecondary education, or have completed an approved apprenticeship program.
With a continuing interest in improving system performances and energy efficiency, the HVAC industry is constantly innovating itself. According to ClimateCare, there are a multitude of trends seen in 2022 predicted to advance the technologies in the HVAC community. These include a focus on a system-wide solution regulating humidity levels in households reducing air contaminants, SMART technology, Zone Heating (heating a particular zone within the household), as well as geothermal and radiant heating.
3. Earnings Potential
Individuals interested in entering the HVAC field have a great opportunity for a competitive salary within a large job market. On average, according to the BLS, the HVAC Technician median Pay in the U.S.A is $50,000/year and according to Career Explorer, the HVAC Technician Median Pay in Canada is $32.46/hour . Continual on-the-job training also provides individuals with the option to obtain other qualifications, increasing salary.
HVAC professionals can work in residential, industrial and commercial settings to maintain systems run smoothly and to accommodate the needs of the specific environment. At a glance, HVAC career paths include:
- HVAC Technician
- HVAC Installer
- HVAC instructor/trainer
- Service Manager/Supervisor
Depending on experience and training, an HVAC Career can have specialized opportunities for technicians, and may branch into related skilled tradesperson careers, the most popular being:
- Wind Turbine Technicians
- HVAC Engineer
- Plumbers, Pipefitters/Steamfitters
- Solar Technicians
- HVAC Design Engineer
- Refrigeration Technician
- Indoor Air Quality inspector
- Boiler Operators
- Sheet Metal Fabricators
Other employment opportunities include:
- Equipment Sales and Delivery
- Inventory Consultants
- Safety Manager
- Customer Service
- General Maintenance
The HVAC Industry will see growth over the next 10 years and will require approximately 20,200 New Technicians to close the gap between the high demand and low supply (BLS 2022). As Heating, Cooling and Ventilation are an essential every day service, this trade will ensure long-term job stability. For more information, please give us a call at 1-833-937-3546 or email [email protected].
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