HVAC installation represents a fast-growing field that has a relatively low barrier of entry. At the same time, it offers a salary beyond the national median. Let’s take a look at some of the details.
First, let’s start with the name of the position itself. What does HVAC even mean?
The initials stand for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.” As it suggests, the position involves installing and repairing heating and cooling systems. Since pretty much every building has some version of these systems, their installation provides a stable career in a growing market.
The career has a sizable job base, making it relatively easy to find a position. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are 367,900 jobs in the field of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers. (These figures are from 2018, the most recent year for which the government has data.)
Beyond the wide range of positions currently available, the HVAC field has strong future prospects. According to the government data, the position is likely to continue growing over the foreseeable future. The Labor Department’s job outlook for the next ten years estimates 13% annual growth in the number of available positions. This is well above the 5% national average for all types of jobs.
Work Duties of an HVAC installer
Here are some of the specific duties an HVAC Technician performs:
- Installation of air conditioning systems and ventilation systems
- Cleaning, maintenance, and repair of the systems (including in emergencies)
- Identifying potential problems in the systems
- Performing any services related to the system’s warranty
Beyond these basic duties, there are a few other day-to-day activities to keep in mind. Any HVAC technician has to keep OSHA standards in mind when performing their duties, ensuring compliance with safety protocols. In addition, you’d have to keep up with the appropriate paperwork, including logs and maintenance records.
As with almost any position, you have to show customer-service skills as well. Installing and repairing HVAC systems involves scheduling with clients and coordinating the process. For repairs, especially emergency ones, it can mean dealing with agitated or upset customers, requiring a gentle touch on your part.
Besides the specific educational requirements related to HVAC, you’ll also need a high school diploma or GED. Landing a job in the field usually requires a valid driver’s license and a willingness to (at least occasionally) work strange hours.
HVAC installers tend to make above-average salaries. The DOL places the median salary for an HVAC worker at $47,610 a year. That equates to an hourly rate of $22.89. Those figures come in well above the median annual wage in the U.S. for all jobs (which sits at $38,640).
Stats from private providers fit into this figure as well. Neuvoo puts the median yearly rate at $50,700, with an hourly salary of about $26.
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