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Associate’s Degrees in Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration

2,045 Yearly Graduations
$34,050 Median Salary
$13,000 Median Debt
There are 235 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in HVACR. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 32% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.5% of HVACR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HVACR Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,045 associate's degrees were awarded to HVACR majors. This earns it the #17 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in HVACR at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 10,745
Basic Certificate 7,095
Associate’s Degree 2,045

Earnings of HVACR Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in HVACR is $34,050. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $30,775 to a high of $41,075.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in HVACR is $13,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $17,599 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $11,764.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $135.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in HVACR. About 97.4% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,991
Women 54
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in HVACR

The racial-ethnic distribution of HVACR associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 56
Black or African American 228
Hispanic or Latino 276
White 1,295
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 179
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of HVACR Associate's Degree Students

There are 235 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in HVACR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
103 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 72,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 103 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Ivy Tech Community College. About 4% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Intellitec College - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
69 Yearly Graduations
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Intellitec College - Colorado Springs. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs.

#3

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

Visalia, California
46 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. Each year, around 5,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia. About 4% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

New Castle School of Trades

New Castle, Pennsylvania
41 Yearly Graduations
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Castle School of Trades is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. The HVACR program at New Castle School of Trades awarded 41 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#5

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
40 Yearly Graduations
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

#6

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
37 Yearly Graduations
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania College of Technology is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,670 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,670 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from Penn College.

#6

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
37 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Hennepin Technical College. Each year, around 4,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Hennepin Technical College. Of these students, 11% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

37 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hudson Valley Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. Each year, around 10,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from HVCC. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 3% were women.

#9

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
34 Yearly Graduations
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Northern Virginia Community College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from Northern Virginia Community College.

34 Yearly Graduations
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at OSU Institute of Technology.

#11

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois
32 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moraine Valley Community College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. Each year, around 13,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from MVCC. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 3% were women.

#12

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington
29 Yearly Graduations
7% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Clover Park Technical College. Roughly 3,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from CPTC. Of these students, 7% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

26 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is University of Northwestern Ohio. Each year, around 3,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,566 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,714 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from University of Northwestern Ohio. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 4% were women.

#14

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School

Washington, Pennsylvania
25 Yearly Graduations
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Penn Commercial Business/Technical School. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Penn Commercial.

#15

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
24 Yearly Graduations
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gwinnett Technical College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. The HVACR program at Gwinnett Technical College awarded 24 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#16

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Clarkston, Georgia
23 Yearly Graduations
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Georgia Piedmont Technical College. The HVACR program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College awarded 23 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#16

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, Arizona
23 Yearly Graduations
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Arizona College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Eastern Arizona College.

#18

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
22 Yearly Graduations
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Wake Technical Community College. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Wake Technical Community College.

#18

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
22 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tidewater Community College. Roughly 20,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from Tidewater Community College. About 9% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Rosedale Technical College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
21 Yearly Graduations
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Rosedale Technical College. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Rosedale Technical College.

HVACR Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Heating, Ventilation, Air & Cooling 2,045

Below are some popular majors that are similar to HVACR that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 14,505
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 1,809
Heavy Equipment Maintenance 1,599
Precision Systems Maintenance 825
Other Mechanic Technologies 742

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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