Career Outlook for HVAC Technicians in Montana
The robust growth in the HVAC industry—both in Montana and across the country—signals that this may be the perfect time to start a new career in this field. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (October 2017) reported that there were 332,900 HVAC technicians nationwide. This number is expected to grow by 49,100 positions between 2016 and 2026—an increase of 15 percent in opportunities in this field. To put this into perspective, openings in all industries nationwide were expected to grow by only seven percent during the same time.
So why is the HVAC industry expanding at more than twice the average of all occupations in the U.S.? A number of factors are at play. For one, regulations governing the HVAC industry are constantly changing, requiring educated technicians to stay abreast of these modifications and help ensure customers remain in compliance with the law. Furthermore, new buildings are being constructed in Montana at a rapid pace—nearly all of which will contain some form of climate-control system. Here, HVAC technicians are required to participate in and oversee this process. And finally, both existing and new climate-control systems require routine maintenance by an HVAC technician, and must generally be replaced every 10 or 15 years.
An online search for available HVAC positions in Montana highlights the demand for these skilled professionals. Monster (Dec. 2017), for example, brought up 173 results with companies including Garden City Plumbing & Heating, Design Air, Bridger Heating, CHS, Inc., and the Goodman Group, among many more. A similar search on Indeed (Dec. 2017) yielded 157 results with organizations such as Glacier Park INC, Morrison-Maierle Inc., Talen Energy, Johnson Controls, and AmeriGas, as well as a number of others.