HVAC School Graduates Job Outcomes

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Outcomes for San Antonio HVAC School Graduates

If you are considering San Antonio HVAC school, you’ll want to know what kind of outcomes you can expect after graduation. What will you achieve by taking a course? How much will you earn when fully qualified? Are there many jobs in the area? Through this post, we aim to answer all your questions to put you in a better position to make an informed decision.

What Certifications Will You Achieve?

Employers need proof that you are qualified and knowledgeable enough for a job. Earning certifications is a great way to demonstrate your skill set and area of expertise. There is a huge number of certifications available for HVAC technicians: some of which are achievable for beginners to the trade after training at an accredited school, others of which require some experience. After graduation, you may be eligible for these certifications:

  • HVAC
  • EPA
  • Green
  • R410A
  • NATE
  • Preventative Maintenance

  How Much Will You Earn?

In May 2012, the median pay for HVAC technicians was $43,640 per year, meaning that half of all workers earned more than this amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned under $27,330, but the top 10 percent made more than $68,990. Median pay per hour was $20.98, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In San Antonio-New Braunfels, the BLS reports mean annual wages of $40,740 and mean hourly wages of $19.58, as of May 2014.  

How Many HVAC Jobs Are There?

There were a total of 267,600 HVAC jobs around the country in 2012, and 1,820 in San Antonio-New Braunfels in 2014. Employment is expected to grow at a rate of 21 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than average. The reasons for such rapid growth are the recovery of the construction industry, the need to replace more climate-control systems, and an emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction. Job prospects are excellent for technicians who have completed training at a technical school. The best opportunities are available for those familiar with computers and electronics and who possess good troubleshooting skills. There is stable work for technicians working in maintenance and repair; however, those specializing in installation may experience periods of unemployment.  

Where Will You Work?

In 2012, 61 percent of HVAC jobs were in plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning and around 9 percent of technicians were self-employed. HVAC technicians work in a wide variety of settings: residential and commercial, indoors and outdoors. Sometimes, a technician will work the same site all day, whereas, in other cases, workers will move from one place to another throughout the day.   If a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning sound right for you, enroll in a San Antonio HVAC school. Look for a program that offers plenty of hands-on training and leads to a number of certifications.

This article was published on: 01/25/13 2:19 PM

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