HVACR Careers and Employment Opportunities
The HVACR industry has many organizations that help connect HVAC Technicians to employers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers states the following:
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“Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Candidates familiar with computers and electronics and those with good troubleshooting skills will have the best job opportunities as employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to install, maintain, and repair complex new systems.”
If you’re interested in an HVACR Career, you’ll discover that there are many different branches of the industry to consider. We have gathered a number of career oriented videos from various sources in the HVACR industry for you to view. Any one of these may help you with your career track decisions. Please choose and watch one or all of them as many times as you wish.
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- The Median Pay for an HVACR Technician in 2016 is listed at $45,910 per year or $22.07 per hour
- And there were 292,000 jobs in this field in 2014.
These steps will walk you through the job search process and help you begin your career:
Be prepared for the job search. Consider the job search itself a job that is worth doing well. Allow time to conduct the job search, to prepare yourself, and your documents.
Learn how to write your professional resume. Although many technician jobs will not require that you have a resume, it is still a valuable exercise in learning new ways to discuss your job skills and experience in a positive light. It may surprise you how good you look on paper. There are a number of resources available on the Internet and these are only a few:
In addition to the Internet, your local unemployment office, workforce training center, community college, or library may offer assistance in preparing a resume, completing a job application, and learning interviewing skills. It is better to reach out for help before you land an interview than to make mistakes and wish you could have done it differently.
The reason you want to do such a good job on the application and resume is that employers will often screen out any applications containing errors or big blanks. You might never even be considered for the job.
Talk with people who are willing to provide work references for you. Remember, this is important and worth the time.
- If you were a good online student, contact your instructor(s). I
- If you’ve had previous work experience, contact your previous employers.
- If you are short on previous paid work experience, contact individuals for whom you may have worked odd jobs or volunteer services you have provided.
- People can provide references for your character and your work performance. Make sure you have their current phone numbers and email addresses. Share your resume with them, so they understand your skills and career goals. Ask them to write a letter of reference you could use. Keep the original in your work folder and give a copy when applying for a job.
4. JOB SEARCH
Leave no stone unturned. Tap into every resource available to you to find potential job openings: The Internet, local newspapers, craigslist, state or local employment offices, government employment offices, HVACR professional organizations, Industry publications, community college placement offices, workforce training centers, job boards, temp agencies, phone books, friends, relatives, church members, and I’m sure you can think of other resources.
Don’t be afraid to walk into your local HVACR businesses and let them know you’re looking for work—leave your resume. Employers like to see your face. To help you prepare, we encourage you to click this link to an article written by our CEO Chris Compton entitled:Become a Familiar Face
Keep a list of every viable resource for your job search, and check for new job postings regularly. Keep notes of the dates you applied for positions, or visited potential employers. Also, follow-up with each one about 5-7 days after your initial contact.
The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of labor statistics provides a wealth of industry job-related information: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos192.htm#addinfo At the bottom of that page is a long list of links to industry organizations to help inform you about opportunities in the HVACR industry.
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5. AVOID BEING SCAMMED
Caution is always advised. Online job scams perpetrated by identity thieves and other criminals are becoming more and more common. Job-seekers need to be alert to avoid being taken in by these slick swindles. Below are just some of the common scenarios, with suggestions for how you can avoid online fraud and prevent your sensitive information from being exposed.
Identify Theft (loss and abuse of your identity, financial records, banking and credit card account information, social security number, and other private data) is the reason criminals go after job seekers. How do they get your information? Unfortunately, the truth is that you give it to them. Job scammers have been known to prowl for victims on legitimate job board websites like Craigslist, Indeed, and CareerBuilder. Some pose as fraudulent companies, while others create phony job announcements for real companies. In some cases, an entire job board has been created as part of the scam.
You can avoid being a victim of identity or financial theft. Know the red flags of a fake job posting:
- Poor spelling and grammar
- The contact email is different from the company name
- Or you are asked to call a 900-number for more information.
- Some guarantee a rather generous salary or benefits package for the position, or state that no education or experience is required (too-good-to-be-true).
- You are asked for money or need to purchase a ‘membership’ before you can browse available positions.
If you see any of these flags, be suspicious and do not give out any of your personal or financial information. Legitimate employment services who post available jobs are paid by the company with the real vacant job, and will not require any money from you.
It is not a good idea to post your resume to a job board with the idea that potential employers will find you there . . . that’s just not how it works. Apply directly for posted, available jobs. If you don’t feel good about it, or if there are too many “red flags” don’t apply. It would be better to miss an opportunity than to become a victim.
Legitimate employers will interview you, the applicant, before you are hired. They will contact you through the US mail, phone, or email, to schedule the interview, and usually they will conduct the interview in person. They will provide you with the company contact information and a person’s name who will be processing the applications or conducting the interviews. Be wary of any potential employer who offers to hire you in any other way, especially if you’re told you’ve been hired for a job you never applied for, or for a job you were never interviewed for. These are additional warning signs of a scam.
Most “work-from-home” jobs are scams, such as stuffing envelopes, craft assembly, repackaging, and shipping and receiving using your address. Also some personal shopper, secret shopper, mystery shopper, rebate processor, medical billing, or online researcher are valid jobs, but some are scams. Be very cautious if you decide to respond to any positions in these groups. Investments, memberships, pyramid sales, or pay-into opportunities are usually scams.
Any job that asks you to purchase the study materials before you test for the job is probably a scam.
Any job that requires you to pay for the company background check before you are hired may be a scam. However, in some states the law allows companies to charge you for your own background check—CA for example—though it would be grounds for being very careful.
Places offering help (for a fee) to get federal government jobs, such as a job with the U.S. Postal Service, are often scams.
Limit your job search to real job boards and companies.
Search for jobs from known, usually safe sources like the actual employer’s web site, college or university career centers, and US, State, County, or City government job sites.
Before you apply for any job, verify as much information about the company as you can.
Do not provide your social security number, driver’s license number, or birth date to a potential employer. They will need this information only after you are hired.
Report any online employment scams to the Better Business Bureau or to the Federal Trade Commission.
6. JOB APPLICATION
Learn how to complete a job application correctly. Once you find a job opening, you want to get through the screening process by presenting a high quality application. A quick Google Search on the Internet will provide a long list of free articles that will help guide you through the process. For example:
7. LEARN ABOUT YOUR POTENTIAL EMPLOYER
If you plan to submit a job application, you should do some homework about that employer. Check out their web site, find out what services they offer, read the company mission statement, learn about the owners and management, get an inside knowledge of the company so you can perform well if you should be called for an interview.
Practice your interviewing skills. You never know what to expect when a potential employer calls you for a job interview. So, rather than be surprised, be prepared. Read about the different types of interviews, rehearse how you would answer different interview questions, practice with someone, and most of all -- be honest.
Interviews are two-way conversations. The employer is exploring you as a potential employee, and you should be exploring the company to see if it would be a good fit for you.
Be professional. Take advantage of the interview to ask questions about the company, work environment, expectations, business practices, professional development opportunities, other technicians, and more during your interview.
Be aware that sometimes the only way into a large professional organization is at the entry level. You may have to accept a lower level job in order to advance after you are “inside”.
Remember, if you didn’t feel comfortable during the interview, you probably wouldn’t have enjoyed working there anyway. It’s okay if you don’t fit into every job opportunity.
9. PREPARE TO WORK PROFESSIONALLY
Be prepared to go to work, you will need professional technical job skills, and soft skills to conduct yourself appropriately in the workplace. You may find it helpful to upgrade your soft skills by reading and learning on the Internet or by enrolling in our online short courses:
010-1 Inter-Trade Relations and Work Ethics
010-2 Personal Work Habits
010-3 Communications and Work Relationships
If you would like assistance with your HVACR career development plan, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org