In spite of an ever-changing job market, the skilled trades continue to be a great career choice. As our communities grow, the demand for new housing, office space, and municipal facilities is on the rise, and those construction projects will employ many plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. And in the state of Arkansas, central heating and air conditioning is always a must! According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), HVAC job opportunities are projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,080 in May 2017.