In our two-part series on HVAC technician careers, we’re talking about some of the misconceptions that exist about what it takes to become a technician and what opportunities there are for growth once you’ve gained experience.
Keep reading to see why HVAC technicians are going to continue to be in demand in the coming years and to see if the career could be a fit for you.
Myth: a career as an HVAC technician doesn’t have room for growth
This could not be further from the truth. Despite this misconception being completely false, it’s a myth that seems to continue to persist, not just for HVAC techs but for many trade jobs!
Right now, the career paths are very bright and optimistic since HVAC technicians are in high demand. That also means HVAC technicians can build a career with a highly competitive salary and great benefits. Looking ahead to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates HVAC technician jobs will grow at a staggering 15 percent (1). As a measure of projected percent change in employment, that’s a rate that is much faster than the average job.
That goes to show just how much these roles will be in-demand—and will continue to be in-demand in the coming years, which is a great outlook for those interested in the industry (1).
More positive news: Commercial and residential building construction is also expected to drive employment growth. Translation: the opportunities for people who have these skills is only going to continue for years to come both in residential markets and commercial markets.
Myth: a career as an HVAC technician isn’t innovative
There’s also a lot of misconceptions about the nature of an HVAC technician’s role and responsibilities. Today, HVAC technicians have a wealth of knowledge they bring to the table, even including in-depth information about controls and precision, sensors, automation, and other bleeding edge (and cutting-edge) technology used in commercial and residential applications. It’s not just “back-breaking work” like some may think it is. Know that—quite the contrary to this outdated perception—in the age of technology we’re in, being an HVAC technicians requires problem-solving and often designing and creating innovative solutions for customers.
Myth: a career as an HVAC technician doesn’t include continual learning
When it comes to work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems, there is a great deal of technology that goes into controlling and optimizing the temperature and the air quality in buildings and in homes.
Partially because of how innovation and technology is greatly impacting the industry so much, HVAC technicians are always learning and growing about these solutions. It’s a misconception that an HVAC technician isn’t continually learning or growing in their role…or that they don’t need to learn anything after their initial degree or apprenticeship. That couldn’t be further from the truth!
Other HVAC techs also become experts or specialize in some of these areas, which often includes other in-depth education and experience:
- Radiant heating systems
- Solar energy or solar panels
- Energy management systems
- Testing and balancing for projects
- Smart tech application, intelligent controls, equipment controls, room controls, etc.
- Industry-specific solutions (imagine: healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, etc.)
- Conservation and recycling of refrigerants
- Design/build applications
- Enhanced or innovative filtration systems
- Energy efficient solutions
- Boiler systems
- Performance and control for facilities
- Rooftop applications
- Chilled water systems
As you can see, there’s a great deal of things to learn about, in part thanks to technology, which is ever-changing. That’s why we invest in our people so that you can continue to learn, grow, and build your knowledge and skillset. Continuing education and leadership development is critical in any long-term career, and that’s no different for an HVAC tech.
Learn more about a career as a HVAC technician with Greater Comfort
Greater Comfort is continually seeking motivated, trustworthy, professional team players who are interested in joining our growing service department team.
At Greater Comfort, we’ve served nearly 50,000 customers—which tells you just a bit about our reach. We offer a special brand of expertise and customer service to every job we perform, and we take pride in the quality of each and every job—whether it’s residential or commercial, big or small.
All of our team members are passionate about providing customers with efficient, effective, and reliable solutions. No matter the project, we’re able to design and deliver innovative solutions that meet our customers’ every need. That may be helping a family increase their indoor air quality for better health, or it may be a large business implementing a high-performance, highly automated HVAC system for their industrial facility.
Think you may be a fit to join the team? Applicants must have or be able to provide Kentucky Master or Journeyman license to include EPA certification. Our benefits include company provided truck, Dental, Vision & 100,000 Life insurance, Long Term Disability, Medical Insurance, 401K, profit sharing, up to 6 weeks of vacation, personal and sick time and more. Additionally, all continuing education and education advancement is compensated. We care about your long-term growth with our company.
Learn more about our HVAC Commercial Service Technician and our HVAC Residential Service Technician roles and apply today and contact us if you’re looking for an apprenticeship.