HVAC Occupational Demand in GA
There’s excellent news for Georgia residents interested in HVAC careers. It’s expected to be a high-growth industry into the future. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) anticipates a 14 percent increase in HVAC openings nationwide between 2014 and 2024; this is much more robust than the 7 percent average growth anticipated across all occupations during that time. Furthermore, CareerOneStop (2016)—a data affiliate of the US Department of Labor—reported that the projected growth for HVAC workers in Georgia is even higher. Among workers with some college, HVAC is expected to be the eleventh fastest growing occupation in the state with an expected 20 percent increase in openings between 2014 and 2024. With the addition of 1,800 fresh openings in this field, opportunities are expected to be ripe in the Peach State. Also, a July 2015 Burning Glass Technologies report on HVAC services demand found that the average job post for HVAC workers in Georgia is up for 33 days, a trend denoting a significant demand for workers which isn’t being met by the existing talent pool.
HVAC workers and air conditioning specialists in Georgia work in a wide range of environments, including residences, business buildings, schools, hospitals, and more. Particularly during the relatively humid, hot summers in Georgia, these professionals may see the demand for their services spike, and may be called upon to work evenings, weekends, or holidays during this busy season.
It’s important to note that HVAC technicians, mechanics, and installers incur one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses in the country. This is due to the physical nature of the work which carries a risk of electrical shock, burns, and muscular strains. Also, common refrigerants can pose health hazards as well. Given these risks, it’s very important to receive the proper training in safety and handling of sensitive materials, an area covered by the accredited HVAC training programs discussed below.
As evidence of the thriving demand for these skilled professionals, a survey of common job post sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, and others boasted hundreds of openings in this field. By illustration, Indeed (Oct. 2016) advertised opportunities in Georgia at Coca-Cola Refreshments, Anchor Hospital, Premier Heating & Air, Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing, Cooper’s Heating & Air, Birch Corporation, J. Paul Partners, Total Air Care, Steadfast Companies, Maintenance Unlimited, American Residential Services LLC, Express Comfort Heating & Air LLC, Atlanta Compressor Corp., Lennox International, Burch Corporation, and many others.