These days, it seems like anything can be done online. From grocery shopping to doctor's appointments, we're all reaping the benefits of our more connected world. And as technology advances, our education systems advances, too. More and more colleges and technical schools are offering online classes and programs to help with busy schedules and efficiency.
Employers are following suit. According to U.S. News & World Report, more employers today are accepting online degrees.1 Even so, you might think online courses are only for a few kinds of programs'and definitely not hands-on programs like those in the healthcare or skilled labor fields.
That's not always the case. With the advancement of technology, schools have created hybrid programs, which allow students to earn diplomas in even traditionally very hands-on fields mostly online.
HVAC technicians are typically responsible for installing, cleaning and maintaining HVAC systems, installing electrical components, inspecting and testing HVAC systems and repairing defective parts'all very hands-on, in-person activities. From 2018 to 2028, this career is projected to grow 13 percent, both because of a projection of more residential and commercial construction and because of a desire to replace old systems with more complicated energy-efficient systems.2
To enter this field, you typically need some sort of postsecondary education, such as from a trade school or technical school.
1 Employment not guaranteed for students or graduates.
2 BLS statistics represent national job growth expectations and are not necessarily reflective of local market conditions.