According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) professionals such as HVAC technicians, mechanics and installers should have excellent job opportunities. Employment of HVAC and Refrigeration professionals is projected to increase 28 percent during the 2008-18 decade.
Residential HVACR systems generally need replacement after 10 to 15 years; the large number of homes built in recent years will enter this replacement timeframe by 2018. In addition, more and more attention is being directed on improving indoor air quality and there is an increasing use of refrigerated equipment by a rising number of stores and gasoline stations that sell food should also create more jobs for heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration technicians.
Here are some more quick facts from the BLS:
- There are a growing number of retirements of highly skilled technicians are expected to generate many more job openings. According to the BLS, many contractors have reported problems finding enough workers to meet the demand for service and installation of HVACR systems.
- Due to the complexity of new computer-controlled HVACR systems in modern high-rise buildings, prospects should be best for those who can acquire and demonstrate computer competency. Training in new techniques that improve energy efficiency will also make it much easier to enter the occupation.
- Median hourly wages of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers were $19.08 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.94 and $24.84 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.19, and the top 10 percent earned more than $30.59.
- Apprentices usually earn about 50 percent of the wage rate paid to experienced workers. As they gain experience and improve their skills, they receive periodic increases until they reach the wage rate of experienced workers.
- Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers generally receive a variety of employer-sponsored benefits. In addition to typical benefits such as health insurance and pension plans, some employers pay for work-related training and provide uniforms, company vans, and tools.
Information in this article was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To read more information about the HVACR Job outlook, here is the link to the full report.