More and more women are working in the HVAC and other service industries and contractors are encouraging them to apply.
Consider these stats from EMSI:
- 53% of skilled trades workers are over 45 years old
- 18% are ages 55 to 64 years old
Sounds like retirement’s going to be knocking at the door soon for many of the skilled techs. Or probably breaking the door down! So where can the industry find qualified workers? They are starting at the schools and the trade shows, trying to entice the future generation including women in the fields of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Employment is slated to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Today women make up only roughly 1.4% of the HVAC industry. But that number is about to grow considerably. Thanks to the efforts of Ruth King & Gwen Hoskins, what started as discussions at AHR Expo turned into a new organization: Women in HVACR.
According to Women in HVACR it “was organized exclusively for educational purposes to further the growth of women in all areas of the HVACR industry, including technical, sales, management and ownership. It is our goal to provide our members with a variety of opportunities to network and develop in a professional environment.”
The organization is holding their 15th annual conference Sept. 19th-21st in Denver Colorado.