WHAT DO FACILITIES MANAGERS DO?
Facilities managers maintain the buildings and grounds of an organization, directing staff and overseeing the upkeep of equipment and supplies. Facilities managers make sure the buildings and grounds are maintained, which entails daily and weekly cleaning schedules as well as determining and scheduling repairs, renovation projects, waste reduction improvements and safety inspections.
Facilities managers are in charge of a budget and must negotiate with outside vendors for supplies, repairs and other measures. In larger companies, facilities managers oversee groundskeepers, maintenance workers, and custodial staff.
HOW MUCH DO FACILITIES MANAGERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), facilities managers made a median income of $37.45 per hour, or $77,890 a year in 2010.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Experience is key for facilities manager jobs. While a high school diploma or GED might be all the formal education you need, facilities managers will have to demonstrate managerial experience and abilities, as well as knowledge of purchasing, supplies, groundskeeping, and equipment repair. Those without experience might consider getting a bachelor's degree in business management or a similar field.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Analytical Skills: Facilities managers must look at a lot of different information and make decisions based on needs and budget concerns.
- Communication: Facilities managers talk to their employees, and work with management to make sure the job gets done. Being able to clearly explain what needs to be done will be necessary.
- Attention to Detail: Quality control is a large part of a facilities manager's job. Making sure cleaning, upkeep and safety standards are maintained, or efficiencies are discovered, is key.
- Leadership Skills: Facilities managers must motivate and coordinate employees, as well as deal with any disciplinary issues that may come up.
THE FUTURE OF FACILITIES MANAGERS
Jobs for facilities managers will grow at an average pace, according to the BLS.