Occupational Demand for HVAC Professionals in Tennessee
As mentioned in the introduction, HVAC is a high-growth industry. In fact, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) anticipates a 14 percent explosion in HVAC positions nationwide between 2014 and 2024, much more robust than the 7 percent average growth projected for all occupations during that period. Interestingly, Projections Central (Dec. 2016) found that for HVAC work in TN, there’s also a 14 percent expected increase in relevant job openings during that decade, while other states’ individual growth projections vary. With the expected addition of 39,600 HVAC jobs and 800 in TN, this is considered a relatively high-growth career field.
So what are the factors contributing to the healthy, thriving demand for qualified HVAC professionals in Tennessee? First, these systems generally need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, not to mention the retrofitting of old systems to make them compatible with new structures or technologies. Secondly, the rise of regular service and maintenance contracts which accompanies the installation of modern systems may ensure regular work throughout the year, even during the low reasons (spring and fall). Maintenance and repair work is especially stable, while specializing in HVAC installation may thrive more in cities with high rates of construction.
The BLS (Dec. 2015) reported that one in ten HVAC mechanics and installers were self-employed in 2014, and 63 percent work for plumbing, heating, and A/C contracting companies. It’s important to add that some of these skilled professionals in TN work normal business hours, while others may be called upon to service equipment on evenings, weekends, or holidays, particularly during the high summer season. Also, HVAC workers incur a relatively high risk of injury and illness compared to other US occupations. They lift heavy equipment, deal with electrical wiring, and handle refrigerants, three activities which increase one’s risk of muscle strains, electrical shock, burns, and frostbite, among other maladies. That said, these problems can generally be kept to a minimum with proper training and donning of safety equipment.
Despite the physical challenges within the profession, there is further evidence that the employment climate is thriving for HVAC workers in TN. In fact, common job post sites are bursting at the seams with opportunities. For example, Indeed (Dec. 2016) had links to 508 relevant HVAC worker openings in TN, including positions at Carrols Corporation (Burger King), REMCO, Roscoe Brown Inc., Yates Services LLC, Conrex Residential Property Group, Medxcel Facilities Management, Baggett Heating & Cooling, Greenway Home Services, Perfection Group, R&M, Ecolab, MAA, Kuhn Air Conditioning, Crowe Heating & Air, Axis Teknologies LLC, Reliance Heating & Air Conditioning, C&M Heating and Cooling, Greenway Home Services, iCON Air & Mechanical Services, Axis Teknologies, AirMasters A/C & Heating, and others. Additionally, Monster (Dec. 2016) advertised 58 HVAC jobs in TN at places such as Union University, Ingersoll Rand, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning/Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, BCH Mechanical Inc., Westgate Resorts, Jones Lange Lasalle Inc., JLL, Sodexo, and Lee Company, among others.