Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Mississippi
The HVAC industry is strong nationwide, and is only expected to grow throughout the future. Specifically, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017) reported that 307,060 HVAC technicians currently work across the country, earning an average annual salary of $49,530. Industry growth is expected into the future; by illustration, the BLS (2017) predicts that positions for HVAC mechanics and installers will expand 15 percent between 2016 and 2026 in the United States. For comparison, all other industries are expected to grow by only seven percent in the same timeframe.
Although the future is not quite as bright for HVAC technicians in Mississippi, it does still hold promise. Projections Central estimated that 250 HVAC-related positions would be added statewide between 2016 and 2026, amounting to an industry expansion of 9.1 percent overall.
There are several factors driving the growth of the HVAC industry, both in Mississippi and the rest of the country. For one, new buildings in the state typically are constructed with some type of climate control system, the installation of which requires the expertise of a trained technician. And these HVAC systems require routine maintenance, as well as full replacement every 10 to 15 years. Additionally, as the regulations governing the HVAC industry continue to change, the demand for HVAC technicians grows with individuals and companies striving to stay in compliance with the law, particularly as it involves energy efficiency.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to visualize this rising demand is by searching for job openings in the state. For example, an online job search for HVAC jobs in Mississippi on Monster (Nov. 2018) led to 212 results with businesses such as Penske, the US Army Reserves, CBRE, Johnson Controls, and many more. A similar search on Indeed (Nov. 2018) yielded 115 openings with organizations including Cresco, Inc., KBR, Lennox International, Pascagoula-Gautier School District, and a number of others.