Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in AZ
The demand for HVAC technicians in Arizona is massive. In the US as a whole, the BLS predicts that demand for HVAC technicians will grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026 (2017). However, according to Projections Central, that same span of time is expected to see an incredible 41.6 percent growth in demand for HVAC professionals in Arizona (2017). This growth rate means more than 3,300 more jobs in the field over just 10 years.
As alluded two above, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ metropolitan area is among the top five areas with the highest employment levels for this career, with 6,140 professionals employed in that area alone (BLS, 2017).
HVAC professionals may work in a range of environments monitoring the performance of existing HVAC systems, performing routine maintenance, troubleshooting issues, and installing new systems in new or renovated buildings. HVAC jobs in Arizona may call for knowledge of various types of heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems such as geothermal, oil-burning, and electric. Certifications from national credentialing organizations such as North American Technician Excellence (NATE) or HVAC Excellence can also enhance an HVAC technician’s job candidacy.
Since many HVAC contracting companies perform regular maintenance on equipment for customers in Arizona and systems generally need to be replaced every ten years, there is a steady stream of employment. Furthermore, there are seasonal spikes in activity for Arizona HVAC workers during the sweltering summers so these professionals may be called upon to work evenings, weekends, or holidays to meet client demand.
There are HVAC opportunities available across all of the main job-hunting websites such as CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, and others. As proof of point, Indeed (Oct. 2018) posted more than 600 openings for HVAC workers at Phoenix Air Dynamics, Arizona State University, AccuTemp, and Orion Home Services, to name a few.
This kind of demand and employment density means this could be the ideal time to start an HVAC career in the Copper State.