Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Honolulu, HI
According to the BLS (2019), HVAC and HVAC/R technicians can expect a 13 percent increase in new job opportunities nationwide between 2018 and 2028. By comparison, occupational data for all new jobs for all US occupations during the same decade will only increase by 5 percent. Most fortunately, the demand for HVAC technicians in Hawaii remains favorable. Projections Central predicts a 12 percent statewide increase in new opportunities between 2016 and 2026.
Its position as a crossroads between East and West continues to fuel growth in Honolulu, creating a demand for additional business facilities and residences. The new structures are often “smart” buildings that rely on climate-control systems that are technologically advanced.
When existing buildings are put to new use, obsolete equipment and systems must be replaced, retrofitted, or upgraded to meet contemporary energy efficiency and pollution reduction standards. Technological advances or changing regulations can make the installation of new systems or equipment necessary even in some newer structures. Old and new companies expect sophisticated climate-controlled facilities. Some companies and research facilities need areas or rooms with specialized HVAC and HVAC/R equipment to keep electronic systems operating efficiently.
HVAC and HVAC/R technicians must undergo comprehensive training to install, maintain, or service the complex climate-control systems and equipment now in use. They must have excellent computer and electronics skills, as well as proficiency in troubleshooting. Technicians who specialize in new installations may have occasional periods of unemployment if construction declines.
As much of the former agricultural land around Honolulu is being converted to commercial, industrial, and residential use, a decline doesn’t seem likely in the near future. The tourism industry is expected to keep growing, creating an on-going need for HVAC and HVAC/R installations. Technicians who specialize in maintenance and service can expect full-time employment as businesses and homeowners want to keep their systems in good operating condition regardless of the state of the job economy.