No matter what area of heating, ventilation or air-conditioning a HVAC technician decides to work in, her or she should find available job opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 1, job growth in this field will be faster than the average with about 21 percent more technicians needed in 2022 from those needed in 2012. This growth is due to an increase in construction projects in both commercial and residential settings. Moreover, innovative technology will see new HVAC systems replacing older ones. HVAC technicians who have completed vocational HVAC training will be in particular demand.
Here are a few resources that will simplify the job search for HVAC techs once they finish training and are ready to step foot into the marketplace:
RSI Career Services
Those who are currently enrolled in or have already graduated from an HVAC training program at The Refrigeration School can take advantage of RSI’s career services. In addition to helping students with resume writing and interviewing techniques, the Career Services Department can refer students to job fairs and offer networking opportunities with local businesses. All these resources are included for RSI students. The Career Services Department works with Arizona-based and nation-wide skilled trade employers to help RSI graduates find a job they trained for.
HVAC Web Connection
The HVAC Web Connection is an online community for HVAC technicians. The site links to the latest news within the industry, as well as to helpful products and services. Especially interesting is the job board, where HVAC technicians can search for openings by entering specific information regarding the type of employment they are looking for, including location or position. There are 17 different categories to choose from, ranging from Air Conditioning Tech to Warehouse Manager. The site also provides career advice regarding resume writing, job interviews, and salary information.
Online Job Boards
There are a number of online job boards that have listings for HVAC techs, including:
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HVACJobsNetwork: This website provides a wealth of information for HVAC job seekers. A calendar of HVAC job fairs held in various cities across the U.S. can be helpful for HVAC professionals who want to meet various employers in one setting. Resumes can be posted on the site prior to any event, giving employers a chance to review candidates before the actual job fair. This also gives potential employees a chance to introduce themselves prior meeting employers in person.
HVACAgent: This site provides a job matching service, linking employers who are seeking HVAC technicians with technicians who are looking for employment. It is a competitive service that accepts only about half of the applications that are submitted to the site. Since its inception in 2002, HVACAgent has matched 2,580,000 applications with employers.
Career Builder: While this website has job offers for many industries, it also has a specific section for those looking for HVAC jobs. For instance, there were 8,473 jobs listed just under the category “HVAC technicians” in February 2015. The site provides an opportunity for narrowing the search to a certain city or state or by subspecialty categories.
Simply Hired: This is a similar site to Career Builder in that a job seeker can look for jobs by industry or by keywords to narrow the job search to a specific specialty. According to a recent search, there were more than 100,000 jobs listed in the broad category of HVAC Technicians.
Opportunities Arrive for Those Who Seek Them
Even though job prospects for HVAC technicians are excellent, it is never too early to familiarize yourself with the job market. Whether you are still in vocational school or have just graduated, taking advantage of RSI’s Career Services, joining HVAC Web Connection and perusing the numerous online job boards will help greatly in finding the right job for you.