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Is an HVAC Career Right for Me?

If you’re stuck deciding where to go with your career, the HVAC industry may be an excellent choice for you to look into.

HVAC technicians are who you work with if you’ve ever called a heating and cooling company to come fix your broken air conditioner. Typically, the heating and cooling company dispatches the technician to service calls to fill his or her day. The HVAC technician uses their technical skills to maintain and repair heating and cooling equipment.

The employment outlook

Right now, there’s a healthy demand for trade jobs, and HVAC is no exception. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the demand for qualified HVAC technicians will grow by 15 percent through the year 2026 – which is much faster than the average of other jobs.

Things to consider

Choosing HVAC as an occupation requires taking into account several considerations. These include:

Training

Just like any area of specialty work, you need training and licensing to work as an HVAC technician. Some businesses may have apprenticeships, but most technicians need to get specialized training because there’s a vast array of equipment associated with heating, cooling and ventilation, such as:

  • Technology-driven energy efficient furnaces
  • Heat pumps with various designs and processes
  • Central air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air handlers/purifiers

Learning about all these different systems takes time, but usually an investment of about two years will qualify you to work on this type of equipment. And on the upside, you won’t have the expense of a four- (or even two-) year degree with all those accompanying student loans.

If you choose a career at Jerry Kelly we do not require you to have prior experience, we provide you with our own in-house training.

Job opportunities

Technology continues to fly forward, making HVAC equipment more energy efficient, but also more complicated, requiring people who know how repair and maintain modern systems for homes and businesses.

We currently have job opportunities available. Whether you are a seasoned HVAC repair technician or are simply interested in the chance to work for an up-and-coming force in Missouri commerce, we are excited to meet you and see how you can fit within our team.

Income potential

Recently the BLS reported a median income for HVAC professionals at approximately $47,000 per year. Often HVAC technicians make more, especially during times of extreme temperatures. While evening and/or weekend hours may be a part of the job, those shifts often pay overtime wages.

Our HVAC technician pay is significantly higher than the industry average. In addition to competitive wages and benefits we offer:

  • Advancement opportunities
  • Rewards for diligence and hard work
  • 4-day work week
  • Benefits
  • 401k match

Job security

Many jobs are getting outsourced to other countries these days – but not HVAC. This kind of work is done on-location and just can’t be outsourced. And because the equipment is complex, most individuals cannot fix or maintain their HVAC equipment without a professional.

The physical requirements

This can often be a physically demanding job. You are usually on your feet and doing laborious tasks, so you need to be strong enough for the work. Often people start when they’re younger and go into management or specialized work as the get older and more experienced.

HVAC as a career can be interesting and rewarding work, offering the chance to meet people and continually learn of new technology and opportunities. If you are interested in joining our exciting and dynamic company, we invite you to fill out an application.