Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Houston
For HVAC professionals in Houston and nationwide, there’s expected to be an explosion in opportunities in coming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015), there’s a projected 14 percent increase in openings in this field between 2014 and 2024; notably, this figure is double the average growth anticipated across all occupations during that time (7 percent). Furthermore, the employment climate in Texas may be even more favorable in this line fo work. By illustration, Texas employs 21,810 HVAC technicians and installers, the second-highest number among all US states (BLS May 2015). Additionally, the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land region boasts the fifth highest number of HVAC workers among all American metropolitan areas (5,440 employed).
While some of these skilled professionals work usual business hours, other HVAC workers in Houston may be called upon to work evenings, weekends, or holidays, particularly during the high summer season. Also, it’s important to note that HVAC workers incur a higher than average rate of illness and injury than other US occupations (BLS Dec. 2015). This is due to the relatively physical nature of the work, which may expose people to burns, muscle strains, and other maladies. That said, with the proper training and safety equipment, these problems can generally be kept to a minimum.
While employment prerequisites vary, many HVAC job postings in the Houston area call for the following:
- Associate degree or certificate in HVAC technology or a related field
- At least two years of experience
- EPA Section 608 and/or NATE, ICE, or other certifications (discussed in section below)
- Valid driver’s license
- HVAC technician registration or a contractor’s license through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
There’s no shortage of opportunities for qualified HVAC professionals in Houston. As proof of point, Indeed (Oct. 2016) had 369 relevant job postings in the Houston area, including openings at Cottonwood Residential, Knightvest Management, R&R Systems Inc., NRG Home Services, Innovative Automation and Controls, Comfort Systems USA, J&S Air, and Direct Energy, to name a few. Monster (Oct. 2016) also had 55 postings at places such as One Hour A/C & Heating, New Hope Housing Inc., Universal Home Experts, and John Moore Services. In sum, there’s expected to be a high demand in this field in Houston in years to come.