HVAC construction will need to find more than 100,000 technicians in the next seven years to meet expected demand, according to several new reports from an industry foundation.

Almost half of HVAC construction mechanics and installers are expected to retire by 2025, the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation says. Trade schools and college programs are not graduating enough students at current levels to fill the positions, foundation officials said.

More students should consider a career in HVAC sales or installation, said Kari M. Arfstrom, the foundation’s executive director.

“HVACR programs in the U.S. and Canada are seeking new students, whether you are a recent high school graduate, veteran or second-career adult,” Arfstrom said. “With HVACR certifications or an associate’s degree, new employees can be assured of a solid middle class job that cannot be off shored, is high tech and offers better than average pay.”

More information on the foundation and its findings are available at www.CareersinHVACR.org.