Career Outlook for HVAC Technicians in Vermont
The demand for HVAC technicians nationwide continues to grow. According to the BLS (Oct. 2017), the number of openings in HVAC is expected to swell 15 percent nationwide between 2016 and 2026. That’s much faster growth than the U.S. average for all occupations (seven percent). Several factors contribute to the nationwide growth of the HVAC and HVAC industry:
- New commercial buildings and residences
- Increasing sophistication of climate control systems
- Contemporary emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing pollution
- Replacing, retrofitting, or upgrading older systems
Consumers depend on their HVAC and HVAC/R systems, and technicians able to perform maintenance and repairs typically have stable work regardless of economic conditions. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers held 332,900 jobs nationwide in 2016, according to the BLS (Oct. 2017). Contractors employed 64 percent of HVAC/R mechanics and installers, and nine percent of technicians were self-employed. The remaining technicians work for schools, wholesale companies, or other businesses.
Vermont technicians may have to service outdoor equipment during adverse weather conditions as repairs can’t wait until the weather improves. Technicians usually work full-time, with overtime hours during peak seasons.
To demonstrate the demand for HVAC workers, check out local job boards. For example, Indeed (Jan. 2018) posted 75 listings for HVAC and HVAC/R positions in Vermont. A company in Williston wanted an HVAC installer and qualified technicians able to work on residential and light commercial systems. A Winooski company needed an HVAC/R service technician with at least five years experience. Middlebury College offered $15.68/hr for a technician capable of installing/renovating plumbing and HVAC systems.