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Do you want a career that offers opportunities to travel? Are you sick of staring at the same computer screen day after day?

Consider joining one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation: Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (or HVAC). According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, job prospects in the HVAC industry are expected to be excellent, especially in expanding areas of the country where climate-controlled buildings need servicing. Put yourself in demand with HVAC training from an accredited technical school, vocational school or career college.

Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and technicians install and maintain all types of climate control systems: oil, gas, electric, solid-fuel and multiple-fuel. These systems control the temperature, humidity and total air quality in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Heavy work in the industry can be seasonal, depending on where you live, but service contracts and regular maintenance plans can keep you busy.

HVAC job training programs are offered at many technical and trade schools, community colleges and career colleges. You can graduate from some of these programs with a certificate in as little as 6 months. An Associate degree in Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration will take up to 2 years to complete. HVAC technicians often specialize in either installation or repair, but are usually trained for both.

After graduation, HVAC technicians are required to get certified by an Environmental Protection Agency-approved organization before they can begin a career. A career in heating and refrigeration can be diverse and exciting. Technicians must be highly adaptable. They often travel between buildings daily to install and maintain climate control systems.