Over 55,000 HVAC Techs Needed
February 2020 – To gauge the demand for HVAC technicians in the years ahead, think back ten to 15 years and consider: how many new residences and commercial buildings were constructed back then?
Well-trained HVAC technicians are called upon year-round to provide annual service of air handlers, air conditioners, heating systems, dehumidifiers and other climate control machinery. Business owners or individual homeowners cannot risk postponing annual maintenance and inspection, because customers and families expect plenty of cool comfort in spring and summer, and toasty warmth in winter.
HVAC technicians not only keep HVACR equipment humming, they also complete small repairs to save customers money and extend equipment life. The best-kept equipment, though, has a life expectancy of about 15 years.
Beyond annual service, HVACR technicians must replace worn-out freezers, coolers, and heating systems. To gauge the demand for HVAC technicians in the years ahead, think back ten to 15 years and consider: how many new residences and commercial buildings were constructed back then?
The answer is provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Demand for qualified, well-educated HVAC technicians, the BLS predicts, will grow 21 percent through 2022. Think of it: form 2015 to 2022, this country will need one more HVAC technician for every five technicians already working. This is nearly double the growth rate of all jobs.
The BLS notes that, in 2012, more than a quarter million HVAC technicians were busy keeping us all cool and warm. So in just the next few years, another 55,900 will be needed to keep refrigeration units chilling, freezers freezing, furnaces heating, and central air conditioners cooling.
Being an HVAC technician can be an enjoyable trade because of the variety of work, the chance to meet new people, and the respect and gratitude you get from bringing cool comfort to people’s workplaces and homes.
HVAC Tech Salary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC Technicians earn a median income of $43,640, with the top 10 percent of HVAC technicians earning more than $68,900 and the bottom 10 percent earning less than $27,330 annually.
Investing less than two years of your time could provide you with a lifetime of work in a fascinating trade, helping people and constantly expanding your skills. Get in touch with the National Trade Academy to learn more about the HVAC training options, and you, too, could be in hot demand in a cool industry.