Facilities Management

Facilities managers oversee various types of property for different industries. They might also be involved in the design or construction of structures and can work on site at a single property or manage multiple buildings.

Inside Facilities Management

Facilities management programs prepare students to oversee such structures as office buildings, shopping malls, apartment buildings, schools, senior housing units or healthcare facilities. Managers may also handle security, space design and property finances, including payments, taxes and contracts. Some facilities managers receive on-the-job training or have related experience in property management or building maintenance.

Education Information

Facilities management education programs are available at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels; certificate programs are also available. Students in these programs typically take classes in electrical and mechanical systems, accounting, space planning, energy management or property development. While small organizations may hire facility managers with just some relevant experience, many companies prefer to hire individuals who have a bachelor's or master's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Here are links to articles offering more details about education in this field.

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