Career Outlook for HVAC Professionals in North Dakota
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Oct. 2017), there are currently 332,900 HVAC technician working across the country, making an annual salary of $45,910. The number of openings in the industry is expected to increase substantially in coming years. Specifically, 49,100 jobs are expected to be added to the industry between 2016 and 2026, which amounts to an overall increase of 15 percent. This is a much faster expansion than all fields nationwide, which are only slated to experience a seven percent growth, on average.
Unfortunately, the industry in North Dakota may not experience this same boom. Estimates offered by Projections Central show that the industry may actually shrink by 1.8 percent over the same decade. That said, the industry is currently healthy, and will likely continue to support HVAC technicians throughout the future.
In general, a number of factors currently contribute to the strength of the HVAC industry in North Dakota and nationwide. For one, nearly all new buildings under construction are being erected with some type of climate-control system; naturally, installation requires the assistance of a skilled technician. Furthermore, these systems need routine maintenance by an HVAC technician, and usually need to be replaced every 10 or 15 years. And it’s also important to note that the laws and regulations governing the HVAC industry are constantly in flux. This means that demand will likely continue to increase for experienced technicians who remain abreast of these changes.
In truth, the demand for talented workers can be demonstrated through a simple online job search. A search for “HVAC technician positions in North Dakota” on Monster (Dec. 2017), for example, brought up 23 results, including opportunities with companies such as Active Heating, Inc., McFarlane, Inc., Garden City Plumbing & Heating, Custom Aire, Laney’s Inc., and the Executive Group. A similar search on Indeed (Dec. 2017) pulled up 44 jobs with organizations like United Rentals, Inc., PepsiCo, Holiday Stationstores, Inc., Swanson Health Products, Sears, Roebuck and Co., and Goldmark Property Management, among many more.