Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in New Mexico
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2016) reported that HVAC industry is strong, both in New Mexico and across the United States. In fact, there were 294,730 HVAC mechanics and installers in the U.S. earning an average annual wage of $48,320. Furthermore, this industry is slated to remain strong, as the BLS (Dec. 2015) predicted that HVAC positions would increase 14 percent between 2014 and 2024, leading to the creation of 39,600 new jobs throughout the nation. This is a relatively rapid expansion, as all other industries are predicted to only swell by 6.5 percent. Fortunately, the data is also promising for those working in New Mexico; Projections Central forecasted that positions in the NM HVAC industry would grow 11.9 percent over the same decade—an addition of 140 new jobs.
There are various reasons driving this rise in opportunities in HVAC. For one, virtually all new buildings constructed in New Mexico require the installation of a climate control system by a trained technician. Also, these systems need routine maintenance and must generally be replaced after 10 to 15 years. And finally, the laws and regulations governing climate control systems are constantly changing, and educated HVAC technicians who can stay abreast of these developments will be in demand within the state.
To grasp the demand for HVAC technicians, one can look to the opportunities posted in online job boards. For example, a search for HVAC technician in New Mexico on Monster (October 2017) brought up 464 results with organizations like Tradesmen International, Inc., Pueblo of Sandia, Sandia Resort Casino, TLC Plumbing & Utility, the University of New Mexico, and many more. A similar search on Indeed (October 2017) yielded 254 results with organizations including Johnson Controls, Source Refrigeration and HVAC, Fluor Corporation, Sandia Resort and Casino, and Facebook, among a number of others.