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In HVAC jobs, you focus on the installation or the maintenance and repair of furnaces, air-conditioning units, industrial or commercial refrigerating systems or refrigeration equipment.

Education & Career Opportunities in HVAC

As systems are becoming more sophisticated, your chances to land HVAC jobs should increase, if you have obtained technical school training and engaged in a formal apprenticeship. You may train in high school, technical trade schools, community colleges, the military, and apprenticeships. Accrediting agencies, such as HVAC Excellence, issue certifications, while organizations such as Air Conditioning Contractors of America sponsor HVAC apprenticeship programs. You may need a license to practice.

Slightly more than half of HVAC technicians work at plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors. Mean annual wages in 2009 were $43,670, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The estimated rise in HVAC jobs is attributed to repair or replacement of systems, an emphasis in air-quality improvement, an increase in food refrigerators in stores, and the retirement of HVAC professionals.

The job prospects of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC) mechanics and installers should be excellent in coming years, according to the BLS. Employment growth is expected to be much faster than average--28 percent or by 86,600 positions--between 2008 and 2018, the BLS reports.

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