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Skaer-Tactics: We Must Tell of Our Needs to the Press

July 8, 2008
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Let’s all write Arik Hesseldahl, a writer for BusinessWeek.com, and inform him how much the HVACR industry needs employees. We all have to get the attention of the national and local press in order to spread the word of this industry’s labor needs.

I am not picking on Mr. Hesseldahl. It’s just that the headline for his article, which jumped out at me at yahoo.com, pulled me in to find out more. The headline? “Technology: It’s Where the Jobs Are.”

Yep, the guy was pushing high school and college graduates to study computer science or engineering - and noted the importance of moving to a big city. I guess it’s another case of technology being more “sexy” than HVACR…no?

According to Hesseldahl’s article, a new study from AeA, a group formerly known as the American Electronics Association, reports that jobs in the technology industry are growing at a healthy clip, especially in large cities. The AeA’s findings jibe with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics say on the subject of technology jobs: More than 850,000 IT jobs will be added during the 10-year period ending at 2016, which would be a rise of 24 percent. Add all the jobs that will replace retiring workers, and the total increase could be a tidy 1.6 million, wrote Hesseldahl. Bottom line: That means one job in every 19 created over the course of the next decade will be in technology, he said.

In other words, they need workers and this industry needs workers. Guess who will win if we do not paint a solid picture for high school graduates and college students in the national and local media?

Here is something else to think about. According to Hesseldahl’s research, the highest paid salaries are in the Silicon Valley, where the average computer tech worker is paid a reported $144,000 a year. According to Hesseldahl, that’s nearly double the $80,000 national average for tech jobs.

What does this all mean? Answer: There’s still a labor shortage in computer tech - just as there is in HVACR. However, if you took Economics 101, you know the need for workers usually translates into good news for paychecks. Already, computer tech wages are 87 percent higher, on average, than in the rest of the private-sector job market.

How can or should the HVACR industry counterattack? We have to if this industry is going to thrive. We have to get the word out regarding this industry’s employment needs both nationally and locally.

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up and coming technicians

Pissed off Technician 18 plus years in the trade
July 12, 2008
If you want people to come to this field you have got to stop treating them like just another number. Pay them well, train them well. Stop asking them to be more then techs buy basing there pay on sales you know just stop doing all the dumb shit you have been doing for the few years. A far as I can see you as a group did this to yourselfs. With attitudes that anybody can be a tech or anybody can sale you cheap-in the field now your paying for it. I for one will assure you that YOU need me more then I need you, and because of your attitude towards us workers your going to pay and I mean through the nose. Maybe years ago you could push workers around but those days are over. If you want the best your gonna pay for it. Just like the customer does. Here s a hint for you dumb managers out there. a happy well paid employee is going to make you a ton of money where as a retarded half wit that you hired which is cheaper than the other guy is going to cost you more money then you save. But keep going down the path your going stupid! it just means i'm going to make more money.

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