Demand For Careers In HVACR
Demand for careers in (HVACR) Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration is an area that many people takes for granted, until they’re not working. The same might be said for the supply of technicians who keep those systems running, according to a new report prepared by Burning Glass for the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation.
Federal statistics show the demand for careers in HVACR will increase 21% through 2022, nearly twice the growth of employment overall – and most of these jobs are strong middle-skill positions that can’t be outsourced or replaced by technology.
However, as strong as demand is for HVACR workers, the supply of trained talent is struggling to keep pace. Middle-skill HVACR jobs (jobs that are open to workers without a bachelor’s degree) take 12% longer to fill than all middle-skill jobs nationwide. Positions for Refrigeration Technicians – one of the core HVACR roles – take longer to fill than any other middle-skill occupation, period.
This is part of a larger research initiative undertaken by the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation investigating the industry’s supply and demand dynamics in the U.S. and Canada. The full report, along with research from other organizations, is available at the HVACR Foundation site.