Why Become An HVAC Technician
The Future Is Bright:
Job growth within the HVAC field is one of the greatest factors in deciding to move forward with a career as an HVAC technician. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the HVAC field will experience growth of 21% during the years from 2012-2022. This percentage of job growth is massive, taking the 267,600 HVAC jobs back in 2012 and adding as many as 55,900 in just 10 years. With this kind of growth HVAC techs will be in demand which will grant you more job security and a growing salary.
Why is the job growth so great for HVAC specialists? With new technologies available in today’s marketplace older HVAC equipment is far less efficient than today’s models, costing consumers more money to run, offering less comfort and also taking a larger toll on the environment. In an effort to ‘go green’ while saving money and providing better comfort levels for their homes and workplaces, consumers are making the change to newer HVAC systems. Consumers are also more educated on how keeping their HVAC equipment maintained will benefit them in the long run. With projections of system installations and maintenance on the rise, HVAC techs will be busier than ever.
HVAC technicians have a great earning potential. The BLS.gov shows that the average HVAC technician made over $42,000 in 2010, with the top 10% of the industry earning approximately $67,000. Overtime pay is also a great benefit during extreme temperatures, giving you the chance to work more and earn extra money. With that said, Wiki.Answers.com reports that the HVAC industry is projecting a pay increase of up to 40% in the next few years. They also note that if you work as an HVAC technician for a larger company you will likely make more than $80,000 annually.
To determine your potential pay as an HVAC technician use this salary calculator:
Throughout the United States, HVAC companies are looking for qualified technicians and hardworking newcomers to teach the trade to. As with plumbing, HVAC technicians have great job security as HVAC services will always be needed (homes and businesses will continue to heat and cool their properties) and there is not a danger of HVAC jobs becoming outsources overseas o to machines. The map below, provided by MyNextMove.org, shows the current demand for HVAC technicians per state across the US. The states in orange, running up and down the east coast, currently have a high demand for HVAC techs and the states in light blue have an average demand.
Jobs Are Available Now:
When considering becoming an HVAC technician you are considering a career path that grants you the opportunity to find a job today. The demand for skilled tradespeople continues to grow across the USA. As Mike Rowe, the host of the TV series Dirty Jobs, pointed out in his speech to the Senate Commerce Committee on May 11, 2011, there is an intense need for HVAC technicians, plumbers, electricians and other skilled tradespeople.
‘Right now, American manufacturing is struggling to fill 200,000 vacant positions. There are 450,000 openings in trades, transportation and utilities. The Skills Gap is real, and it’s getting wider. In Alabama, a third of all skilled tradesmen are over 55. They’re retiring fast, and no one is there to replace them.’
– Mike Row
Watch Mike’s entire speech here
Opportunity for advancing your career:
Choosing a career as an HVAC technician presents you with an exciting professional path that promises job security and excellent earnings potential. Along with these great perks, becoming an HVAC tech provides hard working, committed technicians with the rewards of advancement potential within their field. From the starting position of a field technician you can climb the HVAC career ladder to gain more responsibility, begin to manage jobs and individuals, and ultimately make more money. HVAC technicians can advance from service technicians to installers, operation managers and distribution managers based on their hard work and commitment to their field.
Page citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers,
on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm (visited May 22, 2015).