Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in San Diego
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015), HVAC workers occupy a high-growth and relatively lucrative career. In fact, the BLS projected a 14 percent increase in HVAC openings across the country between 2014 and 2024—the addition of 39,600 positions—double the average growth expected across all jobs during that same decade (7 percent). And in the Golden State, the prospects are even brighter. As proof of point, Projections Central (Feb. 2017) predicted a 31.8 percent explosion in HVAC opportunities in California (2014-24)! This is more than double the national figure and more than four times the growth expected across all jobs during that time period. In sum, the 7,100 fresh openings in CA—many of them in San Diego—should produce favorable employment in the state in coming years.
Currently, California employs the third most HVAC mechanics and installers of any US state, just behind Florida and Texas. The BLS (May 2015) found that there were 21,280 HVAC professionals across CA with many of them concentrated in the relatively warm climates of the southern regions.
There are several factors 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 (Dec. 2015), one in ten HVAC workers nationwide were self-employed, and 63 percent worked in the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contracting industry. 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 (Feb. 2017) had 115 HVAC jobs posted in the SD area, including opportunities at United Plumbing Heating Air Electric, Electronic Environments Corp, Sears Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning, the Port of San Diego, Performance Refrigeration & HVAC, Legacy Air, Source Refrigeration and HVAC, Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air, John Stevenson Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc., Qualcomm, SOAL Technologies, LLC, Electronic Environments Corp, AvalonBay Communities, Electronic Environments Corp, and Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation, to name a few. Monster (Feb. 2017) had a wealth of additional openings with employers such as Tradesmen International, Inc., C&L Refrigeration, Paragon Services Engineering, Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., The Glen at Scripps Ranch, and Sodexo.