Common Myths About HVAC Technicians
HVAC technicians don’t make a lot of money. As an HVAC technician you have the potential to make a great salary. The average HVAC tech made approximately $42,000 in 2010 – the top 10% of HVAC techs reporting earnings upwards of $67,000 that same year. Expansive growth in jobs and salary is expected in the immediate future for HVAC specialists, with job growth expected to top 30% and salary growth projected to increase as much as 40%. (source: bls.gov and wiki.answers.com)
All HVAC technicians are in a union. HVAC technicians do not have to take a union job – they have the freedom to choose a union or non-union job. In fact, only 1 in 6 HVAC techs are in a union. (source: bls.gov)
The HVAC employment numbers are not stable. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is HVAC a stable field, but it is a growing field. HVAC growth is expected to top the average growth of all other occupations with a whopping growth projection of 34% from 2010-2020. (source: bls.gov)
HVAC technicians aren’t skilled. To become an HVAC technician you must be mechanically competent, accomplished with power tools, proficient with wires and piping, and have a full understanding of blueprints and other building models and architectural plans. HVAC technicians must go through a certification process and many are required to pass a state level exam to become a licensed HVAC tech within their state. The EPA also requires a federal certification if you are going to be dealing with refrigerant.
You won’t be able to find a job as an HVAC tech. HVAC technicians are in demand, and that demand is only expected to increase. Currently, 42 of the 50 US states are experiencing average or above average demands for HVAC technicians.
All HVAC technicians are men. Women are HVAC technicians, HVAC technicians that are just as successful as their male counterparts. The growth of women in the trades has been on the rise, and women have also experienced a higher percentage increase in pay than men have from 2003-2007 (www.nawic.org).
Becoming an HVAC tech is limiting. 16% of all HVAC technicians become business owners. If you are interested in enjoying the perks of owning your own business and being your own boss, this is the field for you!