HVAC Isn’t Recession-Proof, but…
Posted Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 by
Despite the continued slump in home and commercial building construction, demand for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialists isn’t just strong, but it is expected to grow substantially over the next few years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which predicts HVAC jobs will grow by approximately 28 percent nationwide between 2008 and 2018 to a total of 394,800.*
There are several reasons why the demand for HVAC technicians is expected to remain strong in the years ahead:
- Repair and Maintenance. Even during those periods when new HVAC systems are not being installed, there is still a need to maintain and, when needed, repair existing systems in homes, office buildings, retail centers, factories, etc. Like water and electricity, HVAC is something homes and businesses simply cannot do without, so when systems go down, attention must be paid immediately, regardless of economic conditions.
- Replacement. Even well-maintained HVAC systems will eventually fail and need to be replaced. This holds true in bad times as well as good ones.
- Upgrading. Pressed to increase efficiencies, many businesses impacted by the Great Recession have found they can actually save money by replacing old, wasteful HVAC systems with new efficient ones. This provides new opportunities for HVAC installers and technicians.
- Greening. The push for sustainability has prompted many companies to look for ways to improve the efficiency of their current HVAC systems or replace them with more environmentally friendly technologies.
HVAC Training Available at WyoTech in Long Beach, Calif.
If you live in Southern California and are interested in pursuing a career in HVAC technology, you can get the training you need to compete for entry-level positions in this growing industry at WyoTech in Long Beach, Calif.
WyoTech’s HVAC program is nine months long and offers hands-on training in a modern workshop setting. Classes are taught by industry professionals who understand the realities of the workplace and who are eager to share their insights with their students.
Upon graduation, HVAC students can take advantage of WyoTech’s Career Services department, which offers valuable job search support, including identifying and contacting local employers as well as resume preparation and interviewing guidance.
About the Long Beach Campus
WyoTech’s Long Beach campus is at 2161 Technology Place in Long Beach, Calif. (90810). In addition to its HVAC program, the campus also offers career education programs in Automotive Technology, Electrician, Industrial Electrical Technology, Plumbing Technology and Medical Assistant.
For more information about the HVAC career education program or other WyoTech programs, contact WyoTech today!
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.wyotech.edu/disclosures.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition – http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos192.htm