A number of technicians have found financial and personal success in HVAC, but there seems to be a set of common personality traits among the most accomplished. Below, we’ve listed a few characteristics that often translate to positive career results.
Key Qualities Of Great Techs
Hard working: It’s no secret those with a strong work ethic are typically more successful in the field. Plus, if you’re willing to work longer hours and potentially weekends, you can make a lot more money.
Accountable: In the world of HVAC, you’ll often have the freedom to be master of your domain. With that comes responsibilities to perform at a high level, but for those who want their work to speak for itself, you can quickly build a large client base and earn repeat business.
Self-motivated: Being a self-starter is often a springboard to success in HVAC for two reasons.
- You’re often your own boss out in the field.
- A master in the craft with a desire to earn more will often start his/her own HVAC business.
Not a fan of cubicles: The typical office job has its perks, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys new challenges in fresh settings every day, you may enjoy the HVAC tech lifestyle.
Problem-solver: Every job in HVAC is different. You must think on your feet and react quickly, decisively, and efficiently to a number of common (and uncommon) HVAC problems.
Thrive in rigorous environments: It’s true, the work environments won’t always be ideal. At times, you may be going in to repair heaters or air conditioners that have been broken for days on end—the space won’t necessarily be comfortable. But, a commitment to excellence even in harsh conditions can help you thrive in HVAC, and there’s often great satisfaction of helping others in need.
Join The Trade
In 2018, the top 10% of HVAC earners made $76,230 or more (bls.gov), and pay is just one success metric by which you can measure the field. The world of HVAC isn’t for everyone, but if you’re an ambitious self-starter looking for a rewarding short-term and long-term career path, HVAC may be the right track for you!