Facilities managers hold key responsibilities in the planning, development, and management of company grounds, buildings, and surrounding environments. To work efficiently, they must have a broad education in project management, facilities planning, finance, technology, architectural studies, real estate, and human resource management. In short, they wear many hats in ensuring safety, security, and facilities productivity.
Facilities Management Career Training
Undergraduate degrees in management are the norm in the profession, but certification classes or post-graduate management training can qualify existing personnel for advancement to facilities management posts. Classes may include training in federal and state occupational safety rules and regulations. According to the Department of Labor, many businesses are turning to trained facilities managers to help streamline spiraling operating costs. Many openings will come from positions vacated by retirees and managers who move on to other roles within the organization.
Potential careers with facilities management education:
Administrative Services Managers:
- Median salary for administrative services managers in 2010: $77,890
- Number of jobs, 2010: 254,300
- Job growth (2010-2020): 15% (about as fast as average)
- Median salary for construction managers in 2010: $83,860
- Number of jobs, 2010: 523,100
- Job growth (2010-2020): 17% (about as fast as average)
Other possible careers:
- Cost Estimators
- Property Manager
- Purchasing Agent