Monday, October 14, 2019

This “Climate” Headline Points to Growing Career Opportunities

By Joe Sarubbi
A new career map, Careers in Climate Control Technology, attempts to end the stereotypes and to show these jobs in the positive light they deserve. It provides a first-of-its-kind interactive, visual tool to showcase the employment opportunities that exist in the exploding HVAC/R industry – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

In fact, employment in the HVAC/R industry is growing faster than the average for all occupations – on track for projected growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026.

This new career map offers a powerful tool that can be used by educators, career advisors, students, military veterans, employers, policy-makers, workforce professionals and others to see the wide variety of high-quality jobs that exist in the industry. It also illustrates how advancement is possible after just a few years of experience.

The map identifies five sectors within the industry – residential, commercial, sales and marketing, automated controls, and design and engineering. It highlights 40 jobs and more than 150 advancements between those jobs and across sectors. The jobs and job details are applicable across the U.S., but the salaries are focused on the California market since the funding for the Careers in Climate Control Technology map was made possible by the Proposition 39 Clean Energy Workforce Program Grant, a statewide California initiative.

The map also highlights “green jobs.” The HVAC/R industry is loaded with jobs that have an immense impact on a building's efficient use of energy and resources. Think heating and lighting controls in a building or home. Think maintaining heating and air conditioning equipment in homes or offices so it runs efficiently. Think about design and manufacturing jobs where new technology is being developed and deployed to reduce heating and air conditioning equipment's energy use. 

Details in the career map provide a brief description of each job, with salary range, information on education and training, as well as skills and requirements necessary to do the job well.