While in the past the HVAC industry was traditionally male-dominated, this image is quickly being shed as more and more women are finding employment in the field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2019) reports that women make up only 1.5 percent of the HVAC workforce, but the increase of several thousand women nationwide represents a significant leap from years past. Women’s representation is growing in conjunction with the swelling demand for HVAC professionals.
Women are also starting HVAC businesses and securing higher positions in management with a greater degree of responsibility. For example, the Refrigeration School covered a few of the rising industry leaders, including Anderson Plumbing Heating & Air in San Diego, which is helmed by Mary Jean Anderson. Additionally, the piece profiled Gene Love Plumbing Air Electrical, which is led by Tammy Ferris, who has been the president and owner of this company for more than 30 years. Furthermore, the recent surge of women also inspired the creation of Women in HVACR, an organization that aims to provide education, mentoring, networking opportunities, and other resources for women in this career field.
Ultimately, there are many employment opportunities for women searching for a career in the HVAC industry. By illustration, the BLS (2019) projected that there would be an explosion of openings in this industry in the coming decade; specifically, the BLS anticipated a 13 percent increase in HVAC positions nationwide between 2018 and 2028, substantially more robust than the average growth expected across all occupations during that time at 5 percent. The addition of 46,300 fresh jobs in this industry reflects the continuing demand for climate control professionals.
That said, aspiring HVAC professionals—both men and women—must have the requisite education before joining the industry, which can be expensive or even cost-prohibitive for some. Several organizations have stepped up to offer grants and tuition stipends for women in this high-growth industry. Here are ten standout scholarships for women in HVAC.
Please note that some of the following scholarships are available only at specific schools or in specific regions. Each profile has eligibility information.