Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in St. Louis
Aspiring HVAC professionals not only can expect a booming job market, but also competitive salaries. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2016) reported there were 294,730 HVAC mechanics and installers nationally, and predicted a 14 percent explosion in positions in the HVAC industry between 2014 and 2024—an increase of 39,600 jobs overall (BLS Dec. 2015). The growth predictions for Missouri were similar; according to Projections Central (2017), MO openings in HVAC were expected to grow 13.1 percent during that same decade, adding 640 new jobs across the state, including many in St. Louis. It’s worth noting that both the national and state-based projections were more than double the average growth anticipated across all occupations in the U.S. during that ten years (6.5 percent).
There are several reasons for the rapid growth in the HVAC industry. For one, most buildings in St. Louis retain some form of climate-control technology, and nearly all new construction projects include the installation of an HVAC system, as well. In addition, HVAC systems require routine maintenance and a total replacement every 10 to 15 years. Lastly, laws and regulations that affect the HVAC industry are constantly being modified, along with technology used by HVAC professionals, which means that systems are continually updated.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to illustrate the strength of the HVAC industry in St. Louis is by conducting an online search for job opportunities. For example, a Monster (July 2017) search for HVAC jobs in St. Louis yielded 482 openings with companies such as PDS Tech Inc., Pyramid Consulting Group LLC, Westport One, ANC Heating & Cooling, and Miller Heating & Cooling, among others. A similar search on Indeed (July 2017) pulled up 546 results with companies and organizations including Washington University in St. Louis, the City of St. Louis, Emcor, the St. Louis Art Museum, and XPO Logistics. In sum, the HVAC industry is booming in St. Louis.