New reports estimate 115,000 HVACR technicians will be needed by 2022 to fill jobs due to anticipated growth in the industry and retirements, yet only 21,000 students graduated from post-secondary HVACR programs in 2015. Without a concerted effort from HVACR employees, manufacturers, engineers, distributers and other related employers the demand for these high-skills jobs will outpace the supply. This gap could leave homeowners, hospitals, schools, virtually any building with heating, air conditioning, hot water or refrigeration out cold for installation, maintenance or retrofitting.
In 2014, there were 220,734 job opening in the entire HVACR sector in the U.S, which encompasses jobs requiring anywhere from diplomas, certificates, or associate/baccalaureate degrees. The majority of these jobs are middle skill positions, such as installation, maintenance and repair of HVACR equipment (over 104,000); jobs that cannot be off shored, offer a competitive salary with a strong path to career advancement, such as owning the business. Compare this to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which states there are a total 267,000 HVACR mechanic and installer jobs in the U.S. This suggests the need is even great than their stated projections.
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