Overall, the demand for AC technicians is climbing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for new AC technicians is expected to rise 21% through the year 2022, which represents approximately 123,700 new job openings during that time period (BLS, 2012). This is significantly higher than the average expected growth for all occupations, which was last predicted at 11%.
The fact is that in many environments, air conditioning is no longer considered a luxury. With increasingly extreme weather throughout the year, the demand for climate control experts such as AC technicians is unlikely to dwindle. Rather, the demand for those technicians who are well versed in new air conditioning systems, particularly those with more complex computer control systems.
There is always a demand for new technicians since those that enter the field often choose to move up along their career trajectory. Trained AC techs can easily go on to become supervisors, service managers, or continue their schooling to learn plumbing or electrical trades.
In terms of hiring, there is always a need for residential AC technicians, who are often employed by contractors during the building process or by homeowners directly when maintenance or repairs are needed. AC technicians are also being recruited by companies with climate-controlled warehouses to ensure the safety of their inventory. Virtually any company that conducts business indoors will need an AC technician at some point, which makes the job that much more interesting.