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What employment opportunities are available for entry level HVAC technicians?

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Entry level HVAC technicians have numerous employment opportunities, including HVAC mechanic, HVAC installer, HVAC service technician, HVAC maintenance technician and HVAC refrigeration technician. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2012 to 2022, employment opportunities for HVAC installers and mechanics are expected to grow by 21 percent.

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The majority of the entry level HVAC technicians work full-time and are even required to work in shifts, including odd hours. Depending on the company, HVAC technicians work at different places, including schools, office buildings, hospitals, residential homes, shopping malls and factories. The median annual pay for HVAC mechanics and installers, as of May 2012, is $43,640 and is expected to increase.

The number of sophisticated climate-control systems is on the rise and has increased the demand for qualified HVAC technicians. Technicians good in troubleshooting and familiar with electronics and computers have greater opportunity to land better jobs. Climate-control systems also need regular maintenance and require replacement every 10 to 15 years. This further spurs the demand for HVAC technicians.

Many trade and technical schools or community colleges have heating, refrigeration, ventilation and air conditioning programs. These programs results in a certification or associate’s degree. Candidates aspiring to become HVAC technicians must complete these programs. Apprenticeship programs are a good way to attain professional HVAC training.

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