Employment and Educational Opportunities:
The demand for facility management graduates is high and a career in facility management offers many opportunities. The responsibilities of facility managers are varied and numerous. A facility manager may supervise numerous aspects of a company's facilities including architecture, interior design, computer systems, telecommunications, real estate acquisition, security, and more. As such, facility managers wear many professional hats and must be knowledgeable and skilled as follows: communicators, environmentalists, designers & space planners, strategic planners, financial planners, "tekkies", and team leaders (source: International Facility Management Association - IFMA). Facility Management is ideal for those who are detail-oriented, organized, and enjoy working with and managing people.
In a 2011 IFMA survey of facility management practitioners, the average facility manager earned $99,578. Those with three years or less work experience averaged $65,000 per year.
The average starting salary for Ferris Facility Management graduates from 2008-2012 was $41,750, with a range of $40,000 - $60,000. These competitive salaries vary depending on geographic location, company size and entry-level position. Many alumni advance quickly in their careers and achieve impressive job positions and salary promotions within three to five years after graduation.
From 2008-2012, 88% of Ferris Facility Management graduates found facility management related employment within three months of graduation (source: Ferris Institutional Testing and Research).
A sampling of employers of Ferris Facility Management alumni include:
"Architectural Technology and Facility Management programs provided me with the necessary skills to be successful in my chosen career. Courses and assignments challenged me to think critically about a problem or task, make informed decisions, and work in an efficient manner; all of which are skills that employer’s desire."
NATHAN VEENEMAN, AlUMNUS
AAS IN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY, CLASS OF 2007, BS IN FACILITY MANAGEMENT, CLASS OF 2009, FACILITY MANAGER, GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.