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 2017) reported that there were 332,900 HVAC technicians across the country, earning an average annual salary of $49,530; the industry is expected to add 48,800 new jobs between 2016 and 2026, an expansion of 15 percent overall.
The projected growth in Hawaii is not expected to be as robust as national figures. Specifically, Projections Central expected that the HVAC industry in Hawaii would grow 11.7 percent in the Aloha State over the same time period. Fortunately, this is still significantly higher than the seven percent average growth expected across all occupations nationally.
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 (Nov. 2017) brought up 162 results with companies such as SES, Engility Corporation, Johnson Controls, Inc., the State of Hawaii, and many others. A similar search on Indeed (Oct. 2018) yielded 167 results with companies including the Central Pacific Repair, Pacific Industrial Equipment Corp, Hawaiian Building Maintenance, and Ameresco, among others.