Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Atlanta
As mentioned above, HVAC is a high-growth and high-paying occupation in GA, particularly for a career typically requiring only one to two years of postsecondary training. To the first point, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) projected a 14 percent increase in HVAC openings across the US between 2014 and 2024, much faster than the average predicted across all jobs during that time period (7 percent). Furthermore, Projections Central (Dec. 2016) reported that HVAC openings in GA would grow 20.1 percent during that same decade, more than 6 percent higher than the already impressive national growth predictions in the industry. With the anticipated addition of 39,600 HVAC positions around the country and 1,780 within GA, there is convincing evidence that this field will continue to have a bright outlook on into the future.
There are varied forces contributing to the explosion in HVAC positions around the country. First, as mentioned above, HVAC systems typically last from 10 to 15 years, typically requiring regular maintenance and repairs to keep them functioning properly. Second, as areas in Atlanta are upgrading or retrofitting their HVAC systems, people in this line of work can expect a steady stream of employment opportunities. Third, nearly all modern structures have climate control systems, and therefore employment grows with the population of an area. Lastly, Atlanta is a city with a relatively high rate of construction, thus this city has a wealth of openings, particularly for HVAC installers.
According to the BLS (Dec. 2015), one in ten HVAC workers nationwide were self-employed in 2014, and 63 percent worked for HVAC contracting associations. While some of these skilled professionals in Atlanta work normal business hours, others are called upon to install or service equipment on evenings, weekends, or holidays, particularly during the busy summer season.
It’s important to add that HVAC workers nationwide incur a relatively high rate of injury and illness compared to other US occupations. They lift heavy objects, deal with refrigerant chemicals, and reconfigure electrical wiring (to name three risky activities), and therefore these professionals are put at an elevated risk of muscle tears, burns, frostbite, and electrical shock. That said, with the proper training and use of safety equipment, these issues can generally be kept at bay.
As further proof of the thriving employment climate for HVAC professionals in Atlanta, one need not look further than common job post websites. For example, Indeed (Dec. 2016) advertised an impressive 549 HVAC openings in the Atlanta area at places such as Strategic Properties, Total Air Care, Atlanta Public Schools, Lane Valente Industries, Palladium Consulting, CGL Facility Management LLC, Stuart Pro Air Services Inc., Chartwell Management, Ecolab, Fogelman Management Group, Cushman & Wakefield, AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Inc., Express Comfort Heating and Air LLC, Strategic Properties, and Advanced Mechanical Services. Additionally, Monster (Dec. 2016) boasted more than 1,000 local openings in this field with employers including, Advanced Mechanical Services, Southeastern Heating & Air, CGL Facility Management, Cobb County Human Resources, Publix Super Markets Inc., Randstad Engineering, Shumate Heating & Air, Spencer Heating & A/C, Pinnacle Consulting Group, Conserv Building Services, Grace Maintenance Service Heating & Air, and American Freedom Heating & Air LLC. In sum, there are plenty of job opportunities in the Atlanta HVAC industry.