Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Missouri
As mentioned in the introduction, HVAC is a high-growth industry in Missouri and beyond. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017) predicted a 15 percent increase in openings in this field nationwide between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average growth anticipated across all occupations (7 percent) during that time period. There’s evidence that the countrywide projected growth of HVAC openings is roughly similar to that in MO. Projections Central (2017) reported that there would be a 17.1 percent explosion in positions in this field during the same decade; with the expected addition of 740 fresh openings in Missouri’s HVAC industry.
There are varied forces contributing to the steady stream of opportunities for MO HVAC workers. Not only do HVAC systems need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, but since most modern structures have climate control systems, the servicing needs are steady throughout the year, even during the lower spring and fall seasons. Furthermore, many owners of older buildings opt to upgrade or retrofit their structures with state-of-the-art HVAC equipment, and this too provides a wealth of opportunities. In areas of high rates of construction like Kansas City, there is a particular need for HVAC installation services. Additionally, the legislation continually evolves regarding the energy-efficiency of systems, not to mention all clients’ desire to have the most cost-effective solutions in place, twin forces which are contributing to the healthy employment atmosphere for these workers.
The BLS (2017) notes that HVAC workers incur one of the highest rates of injury and illness among American professions for several reasons: these skilled professionals may be expected to lift heavy equipment, deal with refrigerants, travel to job sites in all weather conditions, and occasionally work in cramped conditions. All of these features of the job can lead to a higher-than-average incidence of muscle strains, electric shock, frostbite, burns, and other work-related complications. As long as HVAC professionals in MO don proper safety equipment and have rigorous training prior to completing projects in the field, these risks can generally be kept to a minimum.
As proof of the booming industry in HVAC, Indeed (Nov. 2018) had 498 relevant HVAC openings in MO, including positions with Gallagher Mechanical, Pernell Inc., Blue Valley Heating and Cooling, Vogel Heating & Cooling, and more. Monster (Nov. 2018) boasted an additional 25 MO openings with varied employers such as Emcor, Pearce Services, and AB May Company, to name a few.