Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Delaware
As noted above, not only is the nationwide employment outlook in HVAC bright, but there is some evidence that there will be even greater opportunities in Delaware. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017) estimated a 15 percent increase in HVAC openings across the country between 2016 and 2026, a figure which is double the average percentage growth projected across all occupations during that time period (7 percent). And the 48,800 fresh HVAC opportunities in the US are only part of the story. CareerOneStop (2017)—a partner of the US Department of Labor—anticipated that HVAC would have the eighth most job openings in Delaware for workers with “some college” with 230 annual job openings expected between 2016 and 2026. With the expected addition of 360 new jobs in the state, the future looks bright for Delaware’s HVAC workers.
In October 2018, HVAC Classes surveyed common job posting websites, and found that there were many openings available for these professionals. Monster (Oct. 2018) had 42 relevant postings in the state, advertising HVAC opportunities at places such as Johnson Controls, Christina School District, Boulden Brothers, Sears Holding Corporation, and others. Additionally, Indeed (Oct. 2018) provided 106 openings in HVAC in DE including positions at Calvert’s One Hour Heating & Burns & McBride Home Comfort, Horizon Services, Stanley Steemer, and the State of Delaware. In sum, there is expected to be no shortage of work in this field in the years to come.
While these prospects are promising, it is important to note that HVAC workers in DE and nationwide incur a higher-than-average rate of injury on the job compared to other US occupations. These workers are more likely to suffer burns, muscle tears, electrical shock, and other problems. This is due to the nature of the work, which involves working with heavy equipment, sensitive chemicals, and electrical systems. However, with the proper training and use of safety equipment, these issues can generally be kept to a minimum.