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Today’s In-Demand Facility Maintenance Careers

Every so often I run across an article that is of value to our clients and readers. Today, we are honored to have a guest author spreading the news about the top careers in facility management.

Today’s post was written by Ashley M. Halligan is a property management analyst for Software Advice, located in Austin, Texas. It is an informative article and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. You can find out more about Ashley at the end of her article.

Facility management positions are becoming more and more in demand–as technologies become more advances, as baby boomers begin to retire from long-held positions and as sustainability becomes a prominent focus of design teams. Careers in facility management offer immense growth opportunity and a sense of security during economic downfalls.

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.”

With thousands of unique job titles within the facility management sector, which positions are doing well right now? We talked with authors, International Facility Management Association researchers and academic professors to determine five of the most in-demand positions today.

Regina F. Cahill, Associate Provost and Dean of Facilities Technologies at TCI College of Technology, sums up professional expectations, “Employers are looking for persons who have college degrees which usually are accompanied with a higher level of critical thinking and communication skills, have the technical vocabulary and aptitude and hold certifications from the regulatory agencies of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).”

According to IFMA studies, most facility management professionals have degrees in engineering, business, or liberal arts. Many in upper level positions have more than one degree.

Lastly, one of the most valuable additions to the stated degrees, heavily influencing compatibility with technical positions, are professional certifications and additional training. Having a precise knowledge of HVAC or computerized maintenance management software, for instance, can be very attractive to hiring facilities. And by obtaining professional organizations’ certifications demonstrate a commitment to learning and growing within the field–certainly an admirable trait to employers.

Source: Ashley Halligan

A little more about Ashley. She’s also a freelance travel writer and is managing editor of Austin Lifestyle Magazine. Follow her adventures and connect on with her on LinkedIn or Twitter.