Demand for HVAC Services in IL
As mentioned in the introduction, the HVAC industry is currently booming. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) projected a 14 percent increase in openings for HVAC professionals across the country between 2014 and 2024, double the average growth expected across all occupations during that time period at 7 percent. This equates to 39,600 fresh opportunities in HVAC nationwide, and there’s evidence that the prospects in Illinois are even brighter. In fact, Projections Central (Dec. 2016) reported that there would be a 15.5 percent increase in HVAC positions in Illinois between 2014 and 2024, resulting in 1,190 new jobs in the state.
There are various reasons for this explosion in opportunities for trained HVAC workers. Not only do maintenance and service contracts guarantee a steady stream of work, but HVAC systems also need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Especially in states like Illinois with marked temperature extremes during the winter and summer and in areas with high growth and rates of construction such as Chicago, the demand for HVAC services is strong. Additionally, old systems sometimes need to be retrofitted, particularly as legislation on environmental protection evolves; for example, the EPA Section 608 certification is mandatory for those who handle refrigerants due to the environmentally sensitive nature of these chemicals. Furthermore, many businesses depend on climate-control systems and rely on the availability of skilled professionals to maintain all equipment in working order.
As of 2014, one in ten HVAC workers were self-employed, and 63 percent worked in the contracting industry (BLS Dec. 2015). It’s important to note that people in this profession sustain a higher-than-average risk of injury compared to other occupations. This is due to the physical nature of the work, which may involve lifting heavy objects, changing out electrical wiring, and dealing with flammable substances. With the proper training and use of safety equipment, however, these problems can generally be kept to a minimum.
Some HVAC professionals in IL work normal business hours, but especially during the busy seasons, they may be called upon to work weekends, evenings, or holidays to meet the needs of clients.
There’s abundant evidence that business is booming for Illinois HVAC workers. As proof of point, Indeed (Dec. 2016) had an incredible 664 job posts calling for HVAC workers in cities across IL, including openings at Manhattan Mechanical Services, Mr. Duct Heating & Air Conditioning, Pure Comfort Inc., Matrix Energy Services Inc., American Vintage Home Inc., and Ludwig & Company, to name a few. Additionally, Monster (Dec. 2016) had 74 posts with opportunities at Wheaton College, Perfect Home Systems, AZ Air Conditioning & Heating Inc., Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning, Sodexo, Uline, One Hour Heating & Air, Midwest Underground Technology, Temptrol Heating & A/C Inc., Precision Plumbing-Heating-Cooling, Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services, First Hospitality Group Inc., and United Technologies Corp.