Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in NYC
As mentioned in the introduction, there is an anticipated explosion in job openings for NYC HVAC technicians and installers for the coming decade. In fact, Career One Stop (2014)—an affiliate of the US Department of Labor—points out that opportunities for HVAC workers in New York will swell 12 percent between 2012 and 2022. This equates to 530 new jobs in this field annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) offers more recent data on growth in HVAC positions nationwide—projecting a 14 percent increase between 2014 and 2024—resulting in an impressive 8,420 HVAC jobs created annually across the country.
These prospects are even brighter for residents of NYC for several reasons. First, NYC boasts the highest number of HVAC workers of any metropolitan region in the country, and the state of New York is the third top-employer in this profession (BLS 2015). Second, there’s a wealth of places of employment in this field. Prospective HVAC workers can find openings in private residences as contractors, building firms, large corporate HVAC operations, and various other types of companies. To improve their employability, some NYC HVAC techs even choose to specialize in a type of equipment such as solar panels, hydronic (i.e., water-based) heating systems, or commercial refrigeration. Finally, there is an abundance of professional organizations in New York to give people in this field the support they need. One such group is the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of New York City (NYC SMACNA). This trade association was incorporated in 1898 and provides members with industry representation, apprenticeship opportunities, labor relation advocacy, and education. Some of their valued guides available for purchase include training in HVAC duct inspections, roof-mounted outdoor AC systems, and kitchen ventilation standards. NYC SMACNA even provides a free duct leakage tool. Additionally, members have access to informative seminars, publications, meetings, and trace conventions.
Other organizations that may interest graduates of HVAC schools in NYC include:
- Air Conditioning Contractors of America – Greater New York Chapter
- American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers – New York City Chapter (ASHRAE NY)
- Mechanical Contractors Association of New York (NYMCA)
- New York State Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors (NYSPHCC)
Many other state and nationwide HVAC organizations may be available and able to provide technicians and mechanics with educational and networking support and to grow their training through outreach and advocacy.