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Given that most everyone likes to stay comfortable in their home or business and that energy savings and efficiency are on some people’s minds following the Great Recession, the HVAC or HVACR career may be worth considering. After all, who doesn’t like to have savings in their pocket, and who better to turn to for help than an HVAC or HVACR technician?

Many HVAC courses and HVAC classes now recognize the existing emphasis on energy efficiency and reflect a trend in energy awareness that has grown at the state level over the past two decades. As of 1992 (yep, we’re going way back!) only four states had residential energy codes that met the current Energy Policy Act, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. By 2008, all but 12 states had met the energy codes.

Today, many HVAC training programs and courses include a green energy focus, such as those offered through Lincoln Tech Institute that integrate green energy concepts. A Green Awareness certificate is even available through HVAC Excellence that certifies recipients in their knowledge about green mechanical technology and energy management. Certifications like this one and others can help technicians stay up with the demand in new and changing technology. They also help show they have the 21st-century skills that are needed as the U.S. population grows and new HVAC systems are put into place in new homes and businesses.

HVAC, a Career on the Rise

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The HVAC occupation is a career on the rise, but don’t take our word for it. It’s no secret that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth for HVAC technicians will increase by 21 percent across the country from 2012 to 2022. Yes, this job growth is considered to be faster than average and is exactly why 55,900 additional HVAC positions could become available during this time.

But those in the industry can provide more insight into the career. Although the HVAC occupation has often been described as recession-proof, that may be more speculation than truth points out Bell Brothers, which is based out of California, and provides plumbing, heating, and air services. Bell Brothers does provide several reasons why the HVAC field is growing:

  • A bend toward green technology and energy-efficient systems is requiring HVAC technicians who are trained in new skills

  • Nearly every home or building has some kind of system that will need to be worked on or repaired in the future

  • HVAC systems that are 10 years old and beyond are reaching the end of their lifespans and will need to be replaced or retrofitted

Green energy does seem like the wave of the future. In fact, the number of certified Energy Star Homes are on the rise, accounting for 12 percent of the national market as of 2006 (for 200,000 homes), but by year end 2012 totaled up to more than 1.4 million certified homes, according to the Energy Star website. The program, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has helped prevent emissions from homes and businesses that would be the equivalent of green house gas pollutants from 41 million vehicles. HVAC classes in green energy, conservation, and overall efficiency can not only help to save homeowners and companies money, but also help to keep the planet green.

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Barry Franklin

Barry is the Editor in Chief of HVACClasses.org, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures, which he joined as partner in 2013 after almost 20 years in the financial software industry.