Occupational Demand for HVAC Workers in San Diego, CA
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2021), HVAC workers occupy a high-growth and relatively lucrative career. The BLS projected a 5 percent increase in HVAC openings across the country between 2020 and 2030—the addition of 19,000 positions—which is just slightly slower than the average growth expected across all jobs during that same decade (8 percent). Projections Central predicts a 12.5 percent statewide increase, which means 4,100 new positions for HVAC technicians between 2018 and 2028.
Currently, California employs the second most HVAC mechanics and installers of any US state, just behind Florida. The BLS (May 2020) found that there were 32,410 HVAC professionals across CA, with many of them concentrated in the relatively warm climates of the southern regions.
Several factors are contributing to the healthy employment climate for HVAC technicians in San Diego and beyond. First, these systems generally need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years and require regular servicing. Second, local laws, regulations, and technologies are continually evolving, which also leads to a steady stream of system upgrades. Additionally, nearly all buildings in San Diego have climate control systems and, especially in areas with high rates of construction, there’s a demand for the installation of brand-new equipment.
According to the BLS (May 2020), 9 percent of HVAC workers nationwide were self-employed, and 66 percent worked in the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contracting industry. The remainder were employed by institutions and in the retail and wholesale trades. Some of them work normal business hours, and others may be called upon to work evenings, weekends, or holidays, especially in the summer when demand for air conditioning and refrigeration services peaks.
As proof of the thriving employment climate, Indeed (October 2021) had numerous HVAC jobs posted in the San Diego area, including opportunities at ABM Industries Dennis Group, ARS-Rescue Rooter, CoolSys, General Atomics and Affiliated Companies, Chugach Government Solutions, Anderson Plumbing Heating & Air, J&J Worldwide Services, and City of San Diego, among others. The job openings include calls for installers, mechanics, facilities managers, and similar.
Monster (October 2021) lists several openings, including positions with Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning Inc, Power home Solar, Pearce Services, ABM Industries, Bill Howe Plumbing, General Atomics & Affiliated Companies, and Jackson and Foster Heating and Air.