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Job Outlook

Employment of Facility services managers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. Like persons seeking other managerial positions, applicants will face keen competition because there will be more competent, experienced workers seeking jobs than there will be positions available. However, demand should be strong for facility managers because businesses increasingly are realizing the importance of maintaining, securing, and efficiently operating their facilities, which are very large investments for most organizations. Facility services managers employed in management services and management consulting also should be in demand, as public and private organizations continue to streamline and, in some cases, contract out Facility services functions in an effort to cut costs.

At the same time, continuing corporate restructuring and increasing utilization of office technology should result in a flatter organizational structure with fewer levels of management, reducing the need for some middle management positions. This should adversely affect Facility services managers who oversee first-line mangers. However, the effects of these changes on employment should be less severe for Facility services managers, who have a wide range of responsibilities, than for other middle managers who specialize in certain functions. In addition to new Facility services management jobs created over the 2004-14 projection period, many job openings will stem from the need to replace workers who transfer to other jobs, retire, or leave the occupation for other reasons.

Earnings

Earnings of Facility services managers vary greatly depending on the employer, the specialty, and the geographic area. In general, however, median annual earnings of Facility services managers in May 2004 were $60,290. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,680 and $83,510. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,120, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $110,270. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of these managers in May 2004 were:

Management of companies and enterprises

$71,870

Elementary and secondary schools

65,850

Colleges, universities, and professional schools

61,020

Local government

59,380

State government

55,500

In the Federal Government, industrial specialists in nonsupervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions averaged $69,802 a year in 2005. Corresponding averages were $69,211 for facility operations services managers, $67,185 for industrial property managers, $63,614 for property disposal specialists, $67,855 for Facility officers, and $60,370 for support services administrators.

Facility Careers: Job Description | Employment Training