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HVAC Industry is on Brink of Work Overload

HVAC is Hot
 
Over the next decade, 300,000 technician jobs will be created in the HVAC industry (www.hvacexcellence.org). Forty percent of the HVAC workforce is approaching retirement. Now is a very, very good time to be a HVAC worker. As a gazillion dollar industry, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, / Refrigeration is going to face a shortage of qualified workers. The average pay is $28.96 per hour for service techs in the US. Considering the pay rate and potential openings, there aren"t many downsides for the future of this industry.
 
Green Business Heats Up
 
Greening existing buildings is the key reason the HVAC industry will experience fast growth. Non-green ways of doing business will not survive for long. Some Euro-technology methods for increasing efficiency will be adopted by the US retrofitting business. According to the Green Collar Jobs Report by the American Solar Energy Society, there will be 37 million green-collar jobs by the year 2030. This estimate is based on current annual trends. Work in renewable energy grows at a rate three times as fast as the US economy. The private sector will maintain ninety-five percent of the green jobs.
 
Retrofitting Means Lucrative HVAC Industry
 
The New Horizons Foundation (NHF) is an association of HVAC and other contractors who are dedicated to achieving success in the construction industry. The NHF predicts that both residential and commercial properties will need green updates; retrofitting will be particularly lucrative. The growth of the HVAC industry is not dependent upon new building construction, unlike some construction trades.
 
Building Information Modeling (BIM) will need to be utilized to ensure success in the trade. HVAC will have to go global, and sub-specialize in order to keep up with technological innovation. HVAC workers can guarantee themselves plenty of work by specializing in new-to-market green technologies. Workers can expect to lose work by failing to be up on the newest energy efficiency techniques, or by not having experts able to do specialty jobs.

By Adam Herschkowitz
Get HVAC Jobs, Contributing Editor

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