Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Providence
The BLS (May 2019) continues to show an increase in the demand for HVAC and HVAC/R technicians. They project a 13 percent increase in new positions for technicians nationwide between 2018 and 2028. Their predicted growth for all US occupations during the same years is less than half that, at only 5 percent. The outlook for Rhode Island technicians is also favorable, as Projections Central (2020) expects a 10.7 percent increase in new opportunities statewide for the decade ending in 2028.
Construction of new homes and commercial buildings is the primary factor in the growth of the HVAC industry. The renovation and remodeling of existing structures also contribute to industry growth. Aging climate-control systems and equipment must be retrofitted, updated, or replaced to meet current environmental standards. The contemporary emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction is another factor driving the continued growth of the HVAC industry.
New structures, as well as upgraded older buildings, are frequently expected to be “smart.” Smart buildings incorporate sophisticated climate-control systems that require trained technicians to install, maintain, and service. Technicians who are expert troubleshooters, understand high-tech, and are skilled in using computers will have the best job opportunities. If they specialize in new installations, they may occasionally experience unemployment if construction declines.
The economy of Providence remains stable due to its long-standing manufacturing base combined with its contemporary growth of service industries. Although the economy of Rhode Island took a hit from coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the state and the city Providence are recovering.
Developing more housing is part of the recovery, making a decline in construction unlikely in the foreseeable future. Technicians who maintain, service, and repair equipment can expect full-time employment, as businesses and homeowners depend on year-round climate control regardless of the economy.