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 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2026. This is somewhat slower than the latest national predictions; to be sure, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017) reported that positions in HVAC would likely increase 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, representing an additional 48,800 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 have routine maintenance from a technician and typically 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 to remain 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 (Oct. 2018) brought up 92 results with organizations including Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Chugach Alaska Corporation, and Westward Seafood. A similar search on Indeed (Oct. 2018) yielded 90 results with companies such as NANA Management Services, Diamond Heating Comfort Systems, and LONG Building Technologies.