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Career Coach buttonImportance of the Industry

Regardless of economic conditions, everyone relies on heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems to operate smoothly.

Buildings and houses depend on temperature and air quality control, which means HVACR mechanics, installers and other occupations in the climate-control industry are in heavy demand.

Residential HVACR systems generally need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years, so the need for climate-control technicians is great no matter the location–but especially in Texas.

Employment in these fields is offered at a variety of sites, such as:

  • Air conditioning and refrigeration contractors
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Office buildings
  • Local and federal government agencies


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • About 16 percent of technicians are self-employed
  • Employment of HVACR technicians is projected to increase 28 percent during the 2008–2018 decade, much faster than the average
  • $21.10 = median hourly earnings of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers in May 2013

According to Texas Labor Market Information:

  • Employment of HVACR technicians is projected to increase 31 percent during the 2008–2018 decade in Texas alone
  • $46,110 = 2013 Annual wage for HVACR mechanics and installers (SOC Code–49-9021)



Updated June 24, 2015


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