Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

General Information

Description

Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit78.90%
  2. Self-employed12.90%
  3. State and local government4.78%
  4. Private, not for profit1.98%
  5. Federal government1.27%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)

Job Outlook

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth. The growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is also expected to increase demand for qualified HVACR technicians. Repair and replacement of HVACR systems is a large part of what technicians do. The growing emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction is likely to increase the demand for HVACR technicians as climate-control systems are retrofitted, upgraded, or replaced entirely.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$54,770

Military salary*

$46,368

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State-by-state Salary

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$67,450
$22,130
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 55%
  • Some college 21%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • High school 8%
  • Less than high school 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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