The seniors I teach in high school are just five months away from graduation, and it is time for them to venture forth and see what kind of life they are going to have. Nowadays, it is nearly impossible to get a good job without some sort of education after high school. It does not have to be a four year college, though. Our community colleges and technical schools offer lots of opportunities. One of the best, I think, is HVAC career opportunities. As the construction requirements change, the HVAC industry also needs to change and improve. Young people today can go to trade school and learn all about HVAC repair, HVAC maintenance, and HVAC installation. HVAC workers are also expected to serve as consultants when people are trying to decide what kind of heating and cooling systems to purchase. Government agencies are predicting a lot of job growth in the HVAC industry, and the salaries are as much as I earn as a teacher with an advanced degree. There are two schools in my area that offer HVAC training, and they both say that starting salaries for skilled HVAC graduates begins at about $23 per hour. That is with less than two years of post-secondary training! HVAC career opportunities are exciting, and I like telling my students about looking into becoming HVAC technicians. Not long ago, an a/c service technician was called out to my house. I asked him flat out if he thought my students should look into HVAC career opportunities, and he told me yes. He says he already makes more money than his father does, and his father has been working for 20 years!