With more than 20 percent of current workers in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry expected to retire within the next 5 years, the job market seems to hold promising prospects for young workers. However, roughly 85 percent of employers in the industry report having difficulty finding entry-level individuals with acceptable skills, which could mean businesses and young professionals will face a potential workforce disaster, reports Fluke, an electronic test tool maker.

The Fluke 2012 Workforce Trends Study surveyed 1,608 people, including industry professionals, educators and employers. HVAC and electrical jobs are expected to grow two to three times the average growth. Skilled baby boomers are quickly leaving the workforce and many industries are having difficulty replacing retired workers.

More than half of respondents said job candidates lack enough years of on-the-job experience to effectively perform their positions.

Finding and keeping skilled employees is expected to be a major issue for HR administration professionals in 2013, according to Bloomberg BNA. Recent improvements in the job market will push companies to offer workers strong incentives to stay.

“There will be a lot of people that will start looking for new jobs,” Patrick Wright, professor of business management at the University of South Carolina, told BNA. “The perception is always that the grass is greener on the other side.”

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