Occupational Demand for HVAC Workers in Sacramento, CA
The demand for HVAC technicians nationwide continues to grow. According to the BLS (May 2016), the number of technicians openings in the U.S. 2016-2026 is expected to grow 15 percent. That’s much faster growth than the average over that same decade for all occupations. And California is experiencing even faster growth in this industry. In fact, Projections Central (2017) predicted a 31.8 percent statewide increase in positions during the decade ending in 2024.
Although a projection for Sacramento isn’t separated from state projections, as noted above, the city and its environs are the fastest growing areas in the state of California. According to the Forbes 2017 rankings for “Best Places for Doing Business and Careers,” the major industries in the Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA metropolitan area are: government (Sacramento is the capital of California and the county seat of Sacramento County), healthcare, and technology. Notably, all three of these industries depend on climate-controlled buildings.
HVAC and HVAC/R growth in Sacramento, CA is fueled by several factors, including:
- Construction of new commercial buildings and residences
- Increased demand for climate control
- Increased complexity of new climate control systems
- Requirements that older systems be replaced, retrofitted, or repaired
- Contemporary focus on improving energy efficiency and reducing pollution
The BLS (May 2016) reported that most HVAC technicians are employed by construction companies, and nine percent are self-employed. Others work for schools and retail or wholesale companies. Technicians usually work full time, although many put in overtime hours during peak demand.
HVAC and HVAC/R technicians work indoors and outdoors in bad weather. Indoor work can be uncomfortably hot or cold when systems fail. They may also have to work in cramped areas that force them into awkward positions. It’s worth noting that technicians experience a higher rate of injury than workers in other trades. Injuries can include electrical shocks, burns, or muscle strains from moving heavy equipment. Workers are also exposed to toxic chemicals.
There’s perhaps no better way to demonstrate the thriving HVAC industry in an area than through a common job search online. The 373 job listings on Indeed (December 2017) were primarily for technicians experienced with installing and repairing residential HVAC systems. An exception is Aerojet Rocketdyne, which wanted someone to adjust and monitor HVAC systems. Another company was offering $30.00 an hour for someone with at least one year of HVAC installation experience. The 288 listings on Monster (December 2017) included a need for an HVAC service manager. Another company wanted a field engineer experienced in installing and repairing commercial kitchen refrigeration equipment. Two companies were looking for Chiller Technicians. In short, the HVAC industry is especially robust in Sacramento.