Okay, not sure if this is the right place to post but my brother works for an HVAC company and has been noticing that he wont have any vertical growth with the company he is with. He doesn’t have a college degree and is wondering what sort of options he can explore. Does anyone have any recommendations for career changes that can still offer a decent salary/hourly pay?! He’s currently making $18/hr. and feels stuck. I told him I would post here to try to gain some clarity and suggestions.

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Trades can make great money if he moves to entrepreneurship. Take management courses and move into more leadership position. Health and Safety specialized in the trades make $80,000 and up

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That’s great if limited funds to start the business research on lean startup business model and bootstrapping. Don’t need millions to start a business ☺️let me know if he has any questions. I hope this will cheer him up as his highly skilled, you don’t need to wear a suit to make money trades or money maker to😁I majored in Entrepreuneurial management.

Labor union would be option #1.

Option #2 varies. Construction, truck driver, retail? Tough without any degree.

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I agree! Thank you for the help. We live in a high volume shipping area and I mentioned unionizing with the Ship Yard but it was a while ago. I might try to bring that option back up. They make really great income but the work can be demanding.

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My boyfriend is in HVAC for 23 years and makes 6 figures in Texas/Louisiana. The money in HVAC (if you’re not an owner) is with 1) Distributors, 2) Sales Reps for products that the Distributors sell to the A/C Contractors, and 3) HVAC-related services.

On the Distributor side, you start at counter or in the warehouse, and can move up to Manager or Territory manager. Examples in our area are Solar, Johnstone, Century, Ferguson, etc

On the sales rep and Product side, your brother would pick a product or suite of products and he goes and reps them to distributors. Examples are Carrier, Nucalgon, Texas Reps, etc. Think air handlers, Honeywell or Ecobee thermostats, etc etc. his HVAC knowledge is VERY valuable here, regardless of degree.

Related services include things like optimizing airflow, curbs for commercial units, and on and on.

HVAC is a GREAT career area. Seriously, people will not stop paying for HVAC and Refrigeration and there are so many areas he can be paid well. He can get out of the attic, stay in HVAC, and even without a degree make $55K-$150K yearly (average is $35-$48/hr, including bonuses), depending on his location, business and role. Good luck

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Such great insights thank you for sharing!

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Wow! Thank you so much for this info! I will be sharing it with him tomorrow when we go have drinks. I had no idea and I don’t think he might know of all the opportunities. He is stuck in an attic right now and he is working for a friend’s HVAC. The friend is the owner/boss but their relationship seems to be more so business than pleasure (they are “friends” but more like acquaintances, I should say). He’s been working there for over a year and was promised commercial work but the boss ended up re-hiring an employee/personal friend that had previously quit and put that guy in the position he had “promised” my brother. Regardless, he gets side jobs that help but is now stuck in the attic and is now assigned to the petty work. I will share these opportunities with him. I know I am completely clueless to that line of work and he can do more research or figure out where to go from here. Thank you (and your boyfriend) for sharing!! It helps so much more than you know.

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