I work for an employment agency and specialize in matching skilled laborers with local contractors.
Without question, there’s a shortage of skilled laborers, and it’s anybody’s guess as to the cause.
Some claim that the shortage is a result of society’s emphasis on four year college degrees over trade school certifications. In recent years, there has been an increasing shortage of skilled workers in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry. The current population of HVAC workers is aging, but there aren’t enough workers entering the HVAC industry to replace them. When there’s a lack of employable trades people, it’s often referred to as a shortage of ‘butts in trucks’. Consequently, I have been counseling many of my clients to consider becoming HVAC technicians. I point to statistics of the strong growth in the demand for HVAC workers. And the heating, ventilation and cooling certification course can be completed in as little as six months. Many institutions offer day and night classes, as well as tuition financing and scholarships. My clients are surprised at the amount of computer-related skills in the HVAC training, as the industry has been moving more and more towards smart technology and devices. Thermostats are now able to sense indoor and outdoor temperatures, and can learn the homeowner’s schedule to make automatic adjustments. And today, homeowners want the convenience of controlling and monitoring their home’s temperature from their smartphones. I am pleased at the response from several of my clients who have chosen to go into the HVAC trade. I know that they will have jobs waiting for them.