Occupational Demand for HVAC Workers in Indiana
With extreme climate events on the rise in the US and across the world (Weather.com 2016), it’s no surprise that the demand for skilled climate control professionals is also growing. As proof of point, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) anticipated a 14 percent explosion in HVAC openings across the country between 2014 and 2024, significantly higher than the average growth expected across all occupations during that time period (7 percent). And there’s evidence that the employment prospects may be even brighter in IN. In fact, CareerOneStop (2016)—a data organization partnered with the US Department of Labor—reported that there would be an 18 percent increase in HVAC positions across IN between 2014 and 2024. Furthermore, HVAC is predicted to be the seventh fastest growing career among people with some college in IN during that time period. Overall, with the projected addition of 900 fresh openings in this career field across the state, the employment climate looks very bright for Hoosiers in this line of work.
The BLS (Dec. 2015) found that one in ten HVAC workers nationwide were self-employed in 2014, and 63 percent were in the contractors’ industry. Especially during the cold winters across Indiana, the vast majority of buildings depend on some sort of climate control system; therefore there’s usually a steady stream of work, particularly in regions of the state such as Indianapolis with relatively high population growth and a booming construction industry.
It’s important to note that some HVAC workers in IN work normal business hours, while others may be called upon to service equipment on weekends, evenings, or even holidays. Since many systems come with service contracts and HVAC equipment generally needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, these skilled professionals typically have work throughout the year.
Aspiring HVAC installers and mechanics should be aware that this line of work incurs a relatively high rate of injury compared to other occupations in the US; this is due to the physical nature of the work which carries a higher-than-average risk of muscle strains, tears, electrical shock, and burns. That said, with proper training, prudence, and safety equipment, HVAC workers can usually guard themselves against these maladies.
As a further testament to the thriving employment climate for HVAC workers in IN, Indeed (Nov. 2016) posted 464 relevant jobs across the state, including opportunities at White’s Heating and Cooling Inc., Van Contracting, the Ritz-Carlton, Aire Serv of Central Indiana, ULG, Breedlove Dobbs Heating, Direct Energy, Mister Quik Home Services, Total Comfort NWI, Bloomington Hospital, Global Access Point, Bryant Heating & Cooling, Indiana University Health, American Mechanical Service, Medxcel Facilities Management and Riggen Inc., to name a few. Lastly, Monster (Nov. 2016) advertised 48 additional HVAC positions in IN at places such as Voith Industrial Services Inc, Viox Services, American Residential Services, Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, Sodexo, Centrica, Tropicana Entertainment Inc., Ingersoll Rand, J&J Worldwide Services, and Tradesmen International Inc., among others.