Why become an HVAC technician? Why take any job? For the love of the job, sure; but we all do our jobs for the money primarily. In that regard, it’s important to note that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that growth in the HAV industry is estimated at 34 percent for the next ten years. That’s higher than most of the trades, and well above the national average.
One big reason for the job growth is new technologies in the industry. More efficient heating and cooling systems (on top of federal tax breaks) means more and more companies (and individuals too) are looking to replace their older, less efficient equipment. The job growth forecast for the next ten years shows that as many 350,000 new jobs will be added to the industry.
Being an HVAC technician means great earnings potential. Right now the average HVAC tech makes close to $50,000 per year. That’s the full-time employment figure and does not even calculate in overtime hours. On top of that, having an HVAC specialty could add as much as $10,000 to $20,000 more to your annual income.
According to sources, the HVAC industry is estimating pay increases as high as 40 percent over the next few years. Some who work for the larger outfits are making $80,000 a year or more. Those who own their own companies, well the sky is the limit.
Job openings in the HVAC field, unlike some other industries, are spread throughout the United States. On top of that, it’s not the kind of job that can be outsourced overseas. Building, installing, or servicing an HVAC unit here in the USA must be done here in the USA. And it cannot be dome by a machine, which means you will not be replaced in your job.
Jobs are opening now
Becoming an HVAC technician does not mean having to wait until tomorrow to get started on the job. Jobs are readily available right now in all types of industries and in all regions of the country. Right now, American manufacturing is facing an employment gap of as much as 200,000 jobs. On top of that, as many as half a million new jobs are going to need to be filled over the next ten years. The skills gap is widening every day and now more than ever industry needs skilled, experienced HVAC technicians.
Great opportunity for advancement
Choosing a career as an HVAC technician means not having to stay in the same position for very long. Opportunities for advancement abound and depend really upon how hard you want to work and how high you want to go. As you gain experience you can elevate in status to supervising other HVAC techs, projects, even whole companies themselves. The range starts at installers and services but goes all the way to operation managers and distribution managers as well.
Then of course there is the opportunity to start your own business, and that’s where the real money is. Just recently, Daikan Industries, a Japanese A/C manufacturing company acquired America’s second largest HVAC company for $3.7 billion. Successful HVAC companies are huge and have unlimited potential. It could happen to you too.