Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Hawaii
Fortunately for those interested in finding work as an HVAC technician, available job opportunities are only expected to grow into the future. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS May 2019) reported that there were 342,040 HVAC technicians across the country, earning an average annual salary of $51,420. The BLS anticipated that the industry would grow 4 percent between 2019 and 2029, which is as fast as the average for all occupations.
There’s evidence that Hawaii is predicted to need new technicians at a much faster rate. Projections Central (2020)—a data organization partnered with the US Department of Labor—reported that there would be a 10.2 percent increase in HVAC positions across Hawaii between 2018 and 2028.
Of course, it is impossible to pinpoint only one reason for this rapid growth in the field of HVAC. There are a number of driving factors; for one, as buildings continue to be erected in the state, demand will grow for skilled HVAC technicians who can install climate-control systems in the new construction projects.
Furthermore, climate-control systems must be maintained on a regular basis, and often need to be entirely replaced every 10 to 15 years; HVAC technicians must assist in this process. Finally, because the laws and regulations that govern the HVAC industry are constantly in flux, technicians must always stay abreast of these rules and help customers stay in compliance with the law.
Generally, the easiest way to visualize the surge in demand for HVAC technicians is by performing an online search for jobs available in the area. For example, a search for HVAC positions in Hawaii on Monster (2021) brought up 156 results with companies such as CBRE, Gulfstream Strategic, Transform Home Services, Sears Holdings Corporation, and many others. A similar search on Indeed (2021) yielded 40 results with companies including the CACI, Reddy Ice, Wyndham Destinations, and Hawaiian Building Maintenance, among others.