Just over one-third (34.4%) of the current HVACR workforce is expected to retire by 2020.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that, by the year 2020:

  • all occupations in the United States will grow by 14.3%;
  • the HVACR industry will grow by 33.7%; and

  • 34.4% of the current HVACR workforce is expected to retire.

In eight years, 65.6% of service persons in the HVACR industry will be people that are not in the industry today.

Heating service jobs cannot be outsourced or automated. HVAC Excellence says this is great information to share with high schools as the HVACR industry will be one of the fastest growing in the United States for the foreseeable future.

At the 2012 National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference that took place in March, Richard Holden of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Patti Ellingson of Women in HVACR discussed the recruitment needs of the HVACR industry. Click on the link above to find out more about these statistics and the conference itself.

And don't forget about Careers in Construction Week, Oct. 29-Nov. 2: You can get involved in your community to spread the word about mechanical contracting careers.