Based on the current economic situation, I have a prediction. We all know that a lot of people have been displaced from factory/manufacturing jobs, even tech jobs, and have enrolled in HVAC related/ building trades related schooling. It woud seem that this would be a windfall for the HVAC industry, as we always here of the lack of trained/quality/motivated persons in the HVAC work force.
What has happened, in reality, is that HVAC companies/industry has suffered along with the general populace. Also, the owners and operators have been able to "pick and choose" with much more authority since the job market went in the tank. This inevitably has discouraged new people from entering the HVAC field.
Look at this board. I sincerly hope these people hold out, can hold out, or find really good and rewarding careers. The human side of any of us who read of the plight of these people trying to get by cannot help but be touched, at least somehow. So, on to my prediction.
The available pool of people who are trying to get in the door in HVAC will make a decision to keep trying, or at the first turn of the economy go back to their old careers or take other careers. In all likelyhood, with some of the stress related to what goes on in trying to get on with a shop or union etc. they may turn their backs on HVAC.
When the economy really turns, our industry will really be hurting for new blood. We will be worse off than we are now.
Keep your heads up, all of you.