What Is a Facility Management Executive?
Facility managers look after the buildings, surrounding grounds, equipment, and supplies of an organization's campus. Their responsibilities include operations and maintenance, planning and managing projects, and handling environmental issues. Facility managers can oversee renovation projects or make sure that facilities meet government regulations and environmental, health, and security standards, such as finding energy-saving equipment or installing security cameras. Facility managers are also responsible for supervising staff, including grounds maintenance workers, janitors, and building maintenance and repair workers.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree typically preferred|
|Job Skills||Leadership skills, communication skills, project management, technical knowledge of facility maintenance, financial management|
|Median Salary (May 2018)*||$96,180 (for all administrative services managers)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)*||10% (for all administrative services managers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
For an easier transition to facility manager, a degree in business, engineering, facility management, or information management will prove to be helpful.
A bachelor's degree is usually required for management and executive-level positions, but there are instances where a high school diploma will suffice. Work experience will bolster your resume, whether you have a degree or not. Facility managers should not only have work experience that shows managerial and leadership abilities, but they should also have a background in business operations, project management, and building maintenance. Education or training in the trades, such as carpentry, painting, or plumbing, can be very useful to this career.
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) offers courses and certificate programs for those looking to continue their education. IFMA certificates include Facilities Management Professional (FMP) certification, Certified Facility Manager (CFM) certification, and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) certification. According to the IFMA-sponsored research report, 'Evaluating the Value: International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Facility Management Credentials', certification leads to a $6,000 salary increase within the first year, on average.
Facility managers must have excellent leadership and communication skills, as they will be managing workers and coordinating with all departments in an organization. Project management expertise is also essential. Facility managers are responsible for project planning, creating budgets, negotiating contracts for facility services, and coordinating with contractors. They are required to have financial management and estimating skills for preparing annual expense budgets and budgets for new construction and renovation projects. Facility managers must have technical knowledge of facility-related equipment and services, including HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), electrical circuits, all components of plumbing and water quality, and general construction.
Career Outlook and Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of all administrative services managers is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Facility managers will experience a demand due to the societal concern of environmental impact and energy efficiency of buildings and properties. They will be needed to ensure that building codes for environmental standards are met. In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics finally recognized 'facility managers' with their own Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code, which exhibits the growing interest in this field. The bureau also reported in May 2018 that the median salary for all administrative services managers was $96,180, making this a lucrative career, as well.
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