The things people consider when they are trying to narrow down potential career paths run the gamut: salary, hours, location, demand, type of work, et cetera. For anyone who is looking to make a consistent and respectable living, enjoys manual labor, and want to help people, attending a trade school might be the wisest choice. Let’s consider the career of an HVAC technician.
One thing that employees in the heating and cooling industry can say is that there will always be a demand for them; it’d be difficult to make a plausible argument that the need for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation will ever go away. Therefore, being an HVAC technician offers the benefit of security and consistency of work. It is not a “trendy” career or one that will be entirely replaced by technology in the coming years, so this is a big benefit.
Especially in this economy, the income, while nothing gargantuan, is relatively desirable. Entering the field, an apprentice or novice is likely to make about $30,000 per year. However, with experience comes plenty of pay raises. Professionals with just a few years of experience average about $47,000 per year, and seasoned specialists can make upwards of $70,000 yearly. As with any industry, the salary is highly dependent on location, position, and capabilities of the company you work for. However, if it’s something you plan to make a life career out of, you’ll likely start seeing bigger numbers a few years into the career as long as you are persistent.
However, the trade itself is not for everyone. HVAC services cover a lot of ground – think about it: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration; there are so many appliances and systems that require this type of technician for service and repair. As an HVAC technician, you’ll be working on air conditioning units when it’s hot outside and furnaces when it’s really cold – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It could also mean installing or servicing walk-in coolers, ventilators, humidifiers, et cetera. In other words, you could be climbing onto roofs or into small spaces, dealing with extreme temperatures, and most definitely getting dirty – it’s not a job for the faint of heart.
Despite the fact that you may have to gain some experience before seeing significant income numbers and it’s kind of a “dirty job,” many benefits come along with being a servicer. You sort of become a jack of all trades, gaining experience in plumbing and electrical work as well, which makes you an attractive applicant to numerous types of companies if ever you should seek another job. It also enables you to be able to service your own home if and when necessary, which can save you significant amounts of money in the long run.
Deciding which career path is right for you means narrowing down the type of work you’d like to do, the minimum salary you’d like to make, the number of years you’re willing to attend school, and so on. It takes a lot of thought, but working in the field of heating and cooling is definitely something to consider. It requires minimal schooling and can be a very rewarding business.
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