Occupational Demand for HVAC and HVAC/R Technicians in Salem, OR
The BLS (May 2019) data continues to show an increasing demand for trained HVAC and HVAC/R technicians. They predict a 4 percent increase in new employment opportunities for technicians nationwide between 2019 and 2029, the same as the average growth projected for all US occupations during the same decade.
The demand for technicians in Oregon is even more favorable, as Projections Central (2020) anticipates 18.5 percent growth in new positions for technicians statewide between 2018 and 2028.
The primary factor in the growth of the HVAC industry is the construction of new commercial and residential structures. Existing buildings in long-established cities such as Salem are often renovated or remodeled, which necessitates repairing, replacing, or updating aging climate-control equipment and systems.
On occasion, changing regulations or environmental standards, new industries, or technological advances make replacement of HVAC systems in recently built structures necessary. The contemporary emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction is another factor driving industry growth.
Whether renovated or new, modern “smart” buildings incorporate sophisticated climate-control systems that require trained technicians to install, maintain, and service. Technicians who are skilled troubleshooters, understand electronics and high-tech, and are proficient with computers will have the best job opportunities.
Technicians who specialize in new construction may occasionally experience unemployment if construction declines. The expanding and diverse economy of Salem makes a decline in construction unlikely in the foreseeable future. Technicians who maintain, service, and repair equipment and systems can expect full-time employment regardless of the economy, as businesses and homeowners depend on year-round climate control.