Jobs Outlook Can Drive Membership Recruitment and Retention

June 17, 2019
By Michael Copp, Executive Vice President

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 480,600 plumbing jobs back in 2016, with positive growth expected for the next 10 years. “Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.” (Retrieved on May 3, 2019 from the World Wide Web at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/plumbers-pipefitters-and-steamfitters.htm ) The primary drivers for employment growth include “new construction and building maintenance and repair.”  States with the highest employment level include Florida, California, Texas, New York and Illinois and with top-paying states being Illinois, Alaska, Minnesota, New York and Oregon. (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes472152.htm ) The employment of HVAC technicians is expected to grow by 15 percent during the same 10-year period, with the number of jobs back in 2016 at 332,900.  States with the highest employment level include Florida, California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania with top-paying states being District of Columbia, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii and Massachusetts. (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes499021.htm#st)   The estimated total number of jobs for plumbing contractors will be 555,800 and 381,700 jobs for HVAC contractors by 2026.. While some contractors provide plumbing and HVAC services, current estimates suggest that only one job is filled for every four vacated, so only 25% of those jobs will be filled hence, creating a critical shortage of workers within our industry.

IBISWorld reports the following: (Retrieved on the World Wide Web on May 3, 2019 at https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-trends/market-research-reports/construction/special-trade-contractors/heating-air-conditioning-contractors.html and https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-trends/market-research-reports/construction/special-trade-contractors/plumbers.html ).

Plumbing HVAC
$107 billion in revenue in 2018 $94 billion in revenue in 2018
Number of businesses growing by 1.8 percent (120,333) Number of businesses growing by 2.6 percent (112,841)
The Plumbers in the U.S. industry consist of general plumbing services, mechanical services, building sprinkler system installation, steam fitting and piping services and lawn sprinkler installation. The Heating & Air-Conditioning Contractors in the U.S. industry consists of new construction HVAC installations, existing structure HVAC installations (i.e. replacements), HVAC maintenance and repairs and refrigeration system installations, maintenance and repairs.
Continued accelerated growth of downstream construction markets will boost demand. Rising demand for energy-efficient products will create growth for the industry.

So, what does this all mean for PHCC membership recruitment and retention?  If we look at states with the highest employment levels, the PHCC member retention rate for each state, and the potential to provide continuing education training, we can see several membership recruitment and retention opportunities in key states.

Highest employment level for Plumbing (jobs) No. of PHCC members per state (3,072 total members) Code (CE/ Training opportunity) Exam prep opportunity
Florida (25,360) 83 (2.7%) IPC (Available Reseller distribution agreement) Required to pass the California plumber exam and the business and finance exam.
California (48,040) 248 (8%) UPC-adapted Required to pass the California plumber exam and the business and finance exam.
Texas (43.490) 275 (9%) IPC (Available Reseller distribution agreement) Required to pass the Texas plumber exam
New York (29,120) 133 (4.3%) IPC (Available Reseller distribution agreement) Must pass the New York plumbers exam.
Illinois (16,300) 78 (3%) Illinois Plumbing Code Required to pass the Illinois plumbers exam.
817 (27%)

Highest employment level for HVAC (jobs) No. of PHCC members per State (3072 total members) Code (CE/ Training opportunity) Exam prep opportunity
Florida (29,650) 83 (2.7%) IMC (Available Reseller distribution agreement) Construction Industry Licensing Board
California (27,720) 248 (8%) UMC Contractors State License Board
Texas (25,290) 275 (9%) IMC/ UMC- (IMC- Available Reseller distribution agreement) Department of Licensing and Regulation
New York (19,160) 133 (4.3%) IMC (Available Reseller distribution agreement) State licensing not required. Local licensing may be.
Pennsylvania (15,330) 222 (7.2%) IMC (Available Reseller distribution agreement) Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
961 (31.3%)

Highest concentration of jobs for Plumbing Highest concentration of jobs for HVAC
Louisiana (10,360) Idaho (2,660)
Utah (6,320) Delaware (1,620)
Montana (1,990) Florida (29,650)
Oklahoma (6,500) Virginia (12,690)
Colorado (10,600) North Carolina (14,370)

Additional education opportunities PHCC National is rolling out for potential member recruitment for chapters include: (Contact Heidi Salati at salati@naphcc.org with questions or ideas)

  • Local NATE Certification Testing (PHCC National will soon be an approved distributor for those chapters interesting in proctoring exams at their locations and not yet participating)
  • Local Code Training (PHCC will soon offer access to NSPC, IAPMO and ICC training through the PHCC Academy and finalizing discussions about code book Reseller Distribution Agreements for chapters)
  • DeVry University courses (PHCC will soon provide access to courses that when successfully completed, students will receive college credits)

Source:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/plumbers-pipefitters-and-steamfitters.htm

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm

https://www.tests.com/State-Plumbing-Codes-License

http://www.usaplumbing.info/license

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