Anyone looking to enter the refrigeration tech career is doing so at the right time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for these technicians is expected to increase by 21% through the year 2022 (BLS, 2012). This demand is 10% higher than the average expected growth for all occupations in the U.S. The demand for refrigeration technicians does not suffer significant impact at the hands of economic fluctuations because no matter how much a company, such a grocery store, may suffer in profits, there is no substitute for keeping inventory cool. The same is true at hospitals and even for residential customers. In most cases, refrigeration is a necessity, not a luxury, which is highly beneficial for those who can make a career of it.
Although the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) focus primarily on air conditioner repair, climate control including refrigeration is within their purview. As of March 2013, the organization reports a Contractor Comfort Index of 73 (ACCA, 2014). This means that members of the organization are extremely happy with the growth potential for their businesses and the industry overall, since any index over 50 indicates expected growth.
As the demand for refrigeration techs grows, it is easy to see a trend in the types of companies that are doing a significant portion of the hiring. Grocery stores, including large chains and local specialty stores, tend to have at least one tech on hand to deal with crucial refrigeration issues. Similarly, food companies that must store and transport perishable goods are always hiring skilled refrigeration technicians to work in warehouses and to repair mobile refrigeration units.