Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Alaska
Anyone interested in becoming an HVAC technician can take comfort in the fact that the industry is expected to grow across both the state and the nation. In Alaska specifically, Projections Central anticipated that the number of HVAC openings would increase 4.4 percent between 2014 and 2024. This is somewhat slower than the latest national predictions; to be sure, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that positions in HVAC would likely increase 15 percent between 2016 and 2026—an addition of 49,100 jobs. Currently, there are 332,900 HVAC technicians working throughout the country.
There are varied factors behind the growth of the HVAC industry in Alaska and the rest of the country. For one, nearly all new buildings constructed in the state include some form of climate-control system, the installation of which requires the expertise of a trained professional. Furthermore, these systems must be routinely maintained by a technician, and often must be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Finally, the legislation affecting the HVAC industry is constantly in flux; as such, HVAC technicians will continuously remain in high demand as people upgrade systems in compliance with energy saving initiatives and other ordinances.
A brief online job search is one of the easiest ways to visualize this high demand in HVAC workers. For one, a search for HVAC positions in Alaska on Monster (Nov. 2017) brought up 80 results with organizations including Westward Seafoods, Inc., Diamond Heating Comfort Systems, Inc., Chugach Alaska Corporation, Bering Straits Native Corporation, and Geo Reentry Services, LLC, among many others. A similar search on Indeed (Nov. 2017) yielded 82 results with companies such as General Communication, Inc., Siemens, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Providence Health & Services, and Weidner Apartment Homes, among others.