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 2012-2017 was $54,500, with a range of approximately $45,000 - $78,000. 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 2012-2017, 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: