Heating and Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (SOC 49-9021)

OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE
General Job Description

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

For more information about this career view the O*NET Summary Report. Method of Entry Typically requires completion of programs that lead to a certificate or other award, but not a degree. The certificate is awarded by the educational institution and is the result of completing formal postsecondary schooling. Certification, which is issued by a professional organization or certifying body, is not included here. Some postsecondary nondegree award programs last only a few weeks, while others may last 1 to 2 years.



Use of Advanced Technology


Every occupation includes some relationship between job duties and the use of advanced technology -- defined as work activities and environments that incorporate complex electronics as found in computers, lasers, robotics, digital devices, satellites, etc. While basic computer skills such as "keyboarding" apply to an increasing number of occupations, each has different levels of technology interface. Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers is classified as an occupation whose job duties involve occasional use of technology.

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK


West Central Local Workforce Development Area Labor Market Information


Regional Employment 2012: 280
Projected Regional Employment 2022: 350
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 70
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 25%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $19.31
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 5
Average Openings per year due to Growth: 5

Texas Labor Market Information


Texas Employment 2012: 23,230
Projected Texas Employment 2022: 28,220
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 4,990
Percent Change 2012- 2022: 21.50%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $20.10
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 590
Average Openings per year due to Growth: 500

National Labor Market Information


National Employment 2012: 267,600
Projected National Employment 2022: 323,500
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 55,900
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 20.90%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $22.17
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: Not Available
Average Openings per year due to Growth: Not Available


Additional Labor Market Information


Turnover: AVERAGE
Average Age of Workers in Occupation: 37.0
Average Years in Occupation: 6.6
Average Years with Current Employer: 4.1
Percent Female: 2.4%
Percent Non-White: 18.5%


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