There are currently an estimated 332,900 HVAC technicians in the United States. The HVAC technician job market is expected to grow by 14.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are HVAC technicians?

CareerExplorer rates HVAC technicians with a B+ employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 55,500 HVAC technicians. That number is based on 48,800 additional HVAC technicians, and the retirement of 6,700 existing HVAC technicians.

Are HVAC technicians in demand?

The foreseeable job outlook and demand for HVAC technicians is projected to be quite favourable. Much of the anticipated growth in the field will occur in large part due to three factors: increased construction, environmental concerns, and the life expectancy of HVAC units. As more homes and commercial structures are built, more qualified technicians will be needed to install increasingly sophisticated climate-control systems. Growing concerns for the environment are expected to prompt both residential and business consumers to retrofit, upgrade, or replace older and less energy-efficient systems with new and ‘greener’ models, which are in the long term less expensive to operate. This environmental impetus will be further supported by regulations prohibiting the discharge and production of older types of refrigerant pollutants. Because most HVAC units have a lifespan of between ten and fifteen years, there will be additional sustained opportunities for trained technicians. Candidates knowledgeable in both installation and maintenance and repair work will enhance their employment stability, since new installations may be curtailed when the economy slows and the level of construction activity declines. Job seekers familiar with computer tablets and electronics and who have developed troubleshooting skills will also be sought after by employers.

What’s the supply of HVAC technicians?

The HVAC technician industry is concentrated in Florida, California, Texas

HVAC Technician job market by state

State Name Employed HVAC Technicians
Florida 29,450
California 25,010
Texas 23,520
New York 18,500
Pennsylvania 14,120
North Carolina 13,890
Virginia 11,690
Ohio 11,480
New Jersey 9,680
Michigan 8,970
Georgia 8,350
Arizona 8,020
Tennessee 7,760
Illinois 7,680
Massachusetts 7,230
Maryland 6,510
Indiana 6,430
South Carolina 5,740
Missouri 5,720
Colorado 5,430
Alabama 5,040
Wisconsin 4,830
Washington 4,810
Louisiana 4,130
Connecticut 3,870
Kentucky 3,780
Iowa 3,770
Utah 3,590
Oklahoma 3,580
Minnesota 3,440
Arkansas 2,680
Oregon 2,640
Nebraska 2,420
Kansas 2,290
Idaho 2,010
Mississippi 1,980
New Hampshire 1,970
Nevada 1,860
Maine 1,800
Puerto Rico 1,630
Delaware 1,530
West Virginia 1,520
Hawaii 1,140
New Mexico 1,110
Montana 950
Vermont 930
South Dakota 930
North Dakota 830
Wyoming 610
District of Columbia 350
Alaska 310
Guam 190
Virgin Islands, U.S. 100