These days, as many high-school seniors head off to college, there is actually a shortage of people pursuing trade careers. These careers do not require a college education — usually just a few years of certificate work and perhaps an apprenticeship — but they pay well and are stable. If you are wondering what to do with the rest of your life, pursuing a trade is a smart choice, and HVAC installation and maintenance is one particularly promising trade to consider. Here are four benefits of working in this field.

There's always a need for work.

Almost every home in the country has an HVAC system! Most homes have a furnace and air conditioners, and some homes have just one or the other. This is not going to change any time soon since people will always need a way to keep their homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. So, you do not have to worry about the HVAC industry dying out or becoming obsolete.

You don't have to work in one place all day.

You probably hear some of your friends complaining about their desk jobs. Even if they generally like what they do, sitting in one place all day gets boring and is not great for your health either. As an HVAC technician, you will rarely be in the same place for more than a few days at a time. You will finish work in one house and then move on to another. It's a great career for someone who gets stir-crazy and does not like to sit around. Plus, you get some exercise, which is good for your body.

You can easily own your own business.

Surely, you will want to work under someone else for a few years to gain knowledge and experience. But soon enough, you can open your own business — which means you can make all of the rules. If you have a preferred brand of HVAC equipment, you only have to use that brand. If you don't want to work on Wednesdays, you can make that the day your office is closed. 

You get to keep learning.

Most HVAC technicians attend ongoing education programs. You get to continue learning new skills as equipment changes and improves. This will stimulate your mind and keep you interested.

If you are interested in working in HVAC, do some research on HVAC maintenance training in your area to get started.