Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Kansas City
Prospective HVAC workers in the Kansas City area will be encouraged to learn that HVAC is a relatively lucrative and high-growth industry. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS May 2016) reported that the 294,730 HVAC nationwide earned an average annual salary of $48,320. Furthermore, the BLS (Dec. 2015) predicted that positions for HVAC mechanics and installers would swell 14 percent between 2014 and 2024—an addition of 39,600 new jobs—more than double the average growth projected across all U.S. fields during that same decade (6.5 percent). Specifically in Missouri, Projections Central reported that openings for HVAC workers would grow 13.1 percent, adding 640 new job openings overall, many in the KC area.
There are many factors driving the rapid growth of the HVAC industry. For one, laws and regulations that affect the HVAC industry are constantly changing, requiring skilled workers who are able to constantly provide updates to existing systems. Furthermore, most (if not all) new construction within Kansas City is outfitted with some form of climate-control technology that is installed and maintained by an HVAC professional. And finally, HVAC systems must be replaced every 10 to 15 years, requiring routine maintenance in the interim to continue functioning properly.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to view the scope of the HVAC industry in Kansas City is by scouting for jobs by using an online search engine. A search on Monster (August 2017) for the term “HVAC” yielded 371 job postings throughout the region in Missouri and Kansas, including those with companies such as the LiRo Group, Confidential Company, Tradesmen International, Inc., Goodman Manufacturing, FirstKey Homes, and PepsiCo North America Beverages, among many others. A similar search on Indeed (August 2017) yielded 574 results with businesses including Carrier Enterprise, LLC, Liberty Public Schools, Garmin, Hogan Preparatory Academy, Velociti, and Henderson Engineers.