7 Reasons to Join the HVAC and Plumbing Trades

When you think of successful and stable career paths, what comes to mind? The medical field or technology might jump out at you, but did you know that pursuing a career in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing trades could be just as lucrative?

Not only will you have significant job security, but there are several benefits which make this highly skilled profession attractive.

Let’s review seven key reasons why a career in HVAC and plumbing trades could be your best decision yet.

1. Job Security and Stability

Kenneth Rymel, HVAC Technician

One of the main reasons to pursue a career in HVAC and plumbing is its job security and stability. These trades are essential, and the employment prospects of HVAC technicians are expected to burn brightly for quite some time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), HVAC technician employment is expected to increase by 15 percent through 2026.

“This career offers me great job security because in the summer, people need cooling, and in the winter, they need heating. So, there’s always going to be people to help,” says Goettl technician Kenneth Rymel. “Also, coming into this trade, you will have health insurance and a steady work-life balance.”

2. Faster Path to Employment

The mindset that you “must” get a college degree after high school has drastically changed in recent years. Students increasingly understand that they have many options after leaving high school. Trade schools offer hands-on training courses, with most programs running for a maximum of two years. You’ll have quicker entry into the workforce and, in most cases, be earning a higher salary than college graduates in entry-level and mid-level occupations.

3. No Workplace Monotony

As an HVAC or plumbing tech, you’re likely to be working in a variety of places, performing different tasks, and interacting with new people (and their pets!) every day. It can be a perfect job for those who want to avoid the monotony of 9-5 office work. No one day will look the same as the last.

4. Help People and the Environment

HVAC and plumbing work involves helping people live and work in a safe and comfortable environment with access to clean water and air. Plus, you will be helping the environment by implementing energy-efficient methods, monitoring water usage, and much more.

5. Competitive Salary

Arguably the most important benefit of working in HVAC and plumbing trades is the potential for high earnings. Once you are certified, you can earn a very competitive salary, depending on the job’s location and experience level. Many people can earn above-average salaries in the field – without accruing loads of student loan debt.

6. Develop Your Problem-Solving Skills

Experts in the HVAC and plumbing trades are often challenged to diagnose an issue and solve the problem on the spot. This takes a lot of critical thinking and keeps your mind active and engaged. If you are excited about the opportunity to solve problems, develop new ways to address issues and evolve solutions that help people, this may be the career for you.

“What has helped me the most in this trade is interacting with our customers, getting to know them, and getting to know their stories. It helps me better understand the problem so we can figure it out and offer the best solution,” says Taylor Fryar, a Goettl installer.

Taylor Fryar, HVAC Installer

7. Work Anywhere

The demand for these services exists worldwide, providing flexibility in choosing where to live and work. Moreover, as technology advances, remote diagnostic and troubleshooting tools are becoming more prevalent. This enables some technicians to assess and address issues remotely, reducing the need for physical presence at job sites. With the ability to work from anywhere, HVAC technicians can enjoy the benefits of a versatile career that offers mobility and flexibility.

If you’re somebody looking for rapid employment, location independence, and an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience, the possibilities in the HVAC and plumbing trades are limitless. With on-the-job training, a great work ethic, and some determination, you could be on your way to a fulfilling and rewarding career.

“If you’re looking to jump into the trades you have to get your hands dirty and work your way up. But all along the way, you’re gaining a bunch of knowledge that will help train the next generation. Having a trade job is not looked down upon, it keeps America moving,” says Rymel.

Find a career you can be passionate about at Goettl.

For over 80 years, we’ve been helping guide dedicated and knowledgeable HVAC technicians and plumbers into their dream careers. We have curated a family dynamic within our business, offering in-depth, hands-on mentorship opportunities and growth prospects that provide our teams with changes to develop their skill sets. Learn more at https://www.goettl.com/careers.


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It all started with a flashlight.

Our CEO, Ken Goodrich, was a 10-year-old boy holding a flashlight for his dad as he worked on an air conditioner for a customer. His father was a Goettl dealer in Las Vegas who admired the longevity and quality of Goettl products. In 2013, Goodrich purchased Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing and has since expanded the company across Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Southern California.

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