“Now is a great time to consider a career in facilities management. Because of an aging infrastructure, new technology and green building initiatives, new roles are being created to meet growing demands. Moreover, the industry resists major economic swings, as Jeffrey W. Rogers, Ph.D. from Rochester Institute of Technology explains:
“Facility management, as a profession, is a recession-proof profession. If organizations are not expending their physical assets in good economic times, they are maintaining their existing physical assets in bad economic times. Therefore, all organizations that have physical assets must hire facility managers.”
Today there are more than 7,000 unique job titles in the facility management industry, according to an IFMA report. With input from several industry experts, I have narrowed down a list of the top 5 career opportunities you should know about, along with the degrees and accreditations necessary to achieve these roles.”
Of these careers, Halligan suggests the following five as promising career paths to seek in the facility management markets:
1) Maintenance Managers
2) Building Automation System Technicians
4) CAFM & CAD Managers
5) Sustainability Managers & Engineers
The article continues on with suggested education (bachelor’s in business or engineering, for example), and suggested certifications and specializations (CMMS software, HVAC, & electrical engineering, for instance).
With faculty, job recruiter, and IFMA interviews and reports, Halligan’s piece accurately represents today’s jobs openings in the FM industry, and offers a little forecast for their future. You can read the original article here.