Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Delaware
As mentioned in the introduction, not only is the nationwide employment outlook in HVAC bright, but there’s some evidence that there will be even greater opportunities in Delaware. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) estimated a 14 percent increase in HVAC openings across the country between 2014 and 2024, a figure which is double the average percentage growth projected across all occupations during that time period (7 percent). And the 39,600 fresh HVAC opportunities in the US is only part of the story. CareerOneStop (2016)—a partner of the US Department of Labor—anticipated that HVAC would be the third-fastest growing industry in Delaware for workers with “some college;” it predicted that there would be an 18 percent increase in HVAC job openings in DE between 2014 and 2024, significantly higher than the BLS’s national projection in this field. With the expected addition of 360 new jobs in the state, the future looks bright for Delaware’s HVAC workers.
In November 2016, HVAC Classes surveyed common job posting websites, and found that there were many openings available for these professionals. By illustration, Monster (Nov. 2016) had 84 relevant postings in the state, advertising HVAC opportunities at places such as Northeast Heating & Air Conditioning, William G. Day Company, Service Today Inc., Moon Services Inc., First Class Heating & A/C Inc., Liberty Personnel, Sobieski Enterprises Inc., Tradesmen International Inc., Boulden Brothers, Horizon Services, Burns & McBride Home Comfort, and Siemens Corporation, among others. Additionally, Indeed (Nov. 2016) provided 87 openings in HVAC in DE at Air Temp Solutions, Calvert’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Telecom Mechanical Solutions, Cool It LLC, Fletcher’s Plumbing & Heating, Bilfinger Industrial Services Inc., Capano Management, Service Mark (AmeriGas), and Sovereign Property. In sum, there’s expected to be no shortage of work in this field in the years to come.
While these prospects are promising, it’s important to note that HVAC workers in DE and nationwide incur a higher-than-average rate of injury on the job compared to other US occupations. These workers are more likely to suffer burns, muscle tears, electrical shock, and other problems. This is due to the nature of the work, which involves working with heavy equipment, sensitive chemicals, and electrical systems. However, with the proper training and use of safety equipment, these issues can generally be kept to a minimum.