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Associate Degrees in Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration

1,873 Yearly Graduations
$34,050 Median Salary
$13,000 Median Debt
There are 235 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate degree in HVACR. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 33 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.5% of HVACR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HVACR Majors

In 2019-2020, 1,873 associate degrees were awarded to HVACR majors. This makes it the 17th most popular associate degree program in the country.

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 11,102
Basic Certificate 6,896
Associate Degree 1,873

Earnings of HVACR Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in HVACR is $34,050. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have. 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 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 degrees in HVACR. About 97.4% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,825
Women 48
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The racial-ethnic distribution of HVACR associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 52
Black or African American 221
Hispanic or Latino 261
White 1,188
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 141
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There are 235 colleges that offer an associate degree in HVACR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
103 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for HVACR students seekingan associate degree is Ivy Tech Community College. Each year, around 63,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 103 people received their associate degree in HVACR from Ivy Tech Community College. About 3% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Intellitec College - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
69 Yearly Graduations
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Intellitec College - Colorado Springs comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 69 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs.

#3

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

Visalia, California
46 Yearly Graduations
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in HVACR. The HVACR program at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia awarded 46 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year.

#4

New Castle School of Trades

New Castle, Pennsylvania
41 Yearly Graduations
2% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Castle School of Trades comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 41 people received their associate degree in HVACR from New Castle School of Trades. Of these students, 2% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
40 Yearly Graduations
2% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate degree is Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Each year, around 1,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 40 people received their associate degree in HVACR from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. About 2% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
37 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate degree is Hennepin Technical College. Each year, around 4,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 37 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Hennepin Technical College. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 3% were women.

37 Yearly Graduations
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hudson Valley Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in HVACR. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 37 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at HVCC.

#6

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
37 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania College of Technology comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,120 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 37 people received their associate degree in HVACR from Penn College. Around 3% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 3% were women.

34 Yearly Graduations
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in HVACR. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 34 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at OSU Institute of Technology.

#9

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
34 Yearly Graduations
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate degree is Northern Virginia Community College. The HVACR program at Northern Virginia Community College awarded 34 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year.

#11

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois
32 Yearly Graduations
7% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moraine Valley Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. Roughly 11,000 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 32 people received their associate degree in HVACR from MVCC. About 7% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington
29 Yearly Graduations
10% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Clover Park Technical College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. Roughly 3,500 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 29 people received their associate degree in HVACR from CPTC. Of these students, 10% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

26 Yearly Graduations
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Northwestern Ohio comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,648 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 26 people received their associate degree in HVACR from University of Northwestern Ohio.

#14

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School

Washington, Pennsylvania
25 Yearly Graduations
29% Women

The 14th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate degree is Penn Commercial Business/Technical School. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 25 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Penn Commercial.

#15

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
24 Yearly Graduations
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate degree is Gwinnett Technical College. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 24 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at GTC.

#16

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, Arizona
23 Yearly Graduations
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Arizona College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. The HVACR program at Eastern Arizona College awarded 23 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year.

#16

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Clarkston, Georgia
23 Yearly Graduations
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate degree is Georgia Piedmont Technical College. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 23 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

#18

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
22 Yearly Graduations
6% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wake Technical Community College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in HVACR. Each year, around 21,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 22 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Wake Technical Community College. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 6% were women.

#18

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
22 Yearly Graduations
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tidewater Community College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 22 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Tidewater Community College.

21 Yearly Graduations
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Minneapolis Community and Technical College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in HVACR. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 21 associate degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

HVACR Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Heating, Ventilation, Air & Cooling 1,873

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 13,211
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 1,695
Heavy Equipment Maintenance 1,618
Other Mechanic Technologies 749
Precision Systems Maintenance 597

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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