Find Trade and Career Programs Now
Many of the rapidly growing sectors today are within the realm of Trade Careers or Jobs. The jobs falling under the Trade category usually demand specialized skills obtained through advanced training instead of a traditional 4-year college education. In certain instances, trade programs are even available during high school, followed by an apprenticeship after graduation. Industries like construction and manufacturing are often labeled as skilled trades.
HVAC (Heating Ventilation, AC)
Individuals interested in an HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) career have several options, including completing a certification, earning an associate’s degree, or pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Graduates can find employment opportunities as HVAC Engineers, HVAC Installers, Refrigeration Technicians, Automotive HVAC Technicians, Wind Turbine Technicians, and even as Service or Project Managers. Among these roles, the most sought-after job in this field is that of an AC technician.
Role & Responsibility
- Set up, clean, and keep HVACR systems in good shape.
- Install electrical parts and wiring.
- Check and test HVACR systems and their parts.
- Talk to customers about problems with their systems.
- Fix or change out parts that are damaged or not working right.
- Suggest maintenance to enhance how well systems work.
- Keep a record of the work done.
|2020 Median Pay||$50,590 per year | $24.32 per hour|
|2021 Median Pay||$48,630 per year | $23.38 per hour|
|Work Experience in Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2020||380,400|
|Number of Jobs, 2021||394,100|
|Job Outlook, 2020-30||5%|
|Job Outlook, 2021-31||5%|
|Employment Change 2020-30||19,000|
|Employment Change 2021-31||20,200|
Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
How to become
Many HVAC technicians get education after high school from technical or trade schools, as well as community colleges that have heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration programs. These programs usually go on for about six months to 2 years, resulting in a certificate or an associate’s degree. High school students who want to become HVAC technicians should take vocational education, math, and physics classes. Knowing about plumbing or electrical work and a basic grasp of electronics is also useful.