The future for HVAC installers is bright. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 267,600 jobs for HVAC installers and mechanics in 2012 (BLS, 2013). The demand for these highly trained individuals is expected to grow 21% by 2022, which is faster than average. This means there are expected to be an additional 123,700 jobs for HVAC installers and mechanics in the next decade.
It is also important to note that new HVAC systems are becoming even more advanced, with many based on computer technology that was not available in the past. This means that HVAC installers with computer expertise, who can adapt to new advancements will continue to be in high demand.
HVAC installers, who have a career focus on installing new units rather than repairing them, often work on construction sites or renovation projects. This can make the job somewhat more appealing, since you will not be required to fix the heat in the dead of winter. However, this also means that the job outlook for HVAC installers is more dependent on the economy. When construction projects slow in leaner time, there will be less demand for HVAC installation, though the need for HVAC repair generally remains the same.