Facilities managers oversee buildings, grounds, equipment, and supplies. Their responsibilities cover several categories, including operations, maintenance, and planning and managing projects. Facilities managers may oversee renovation projects to improve efficiency or to meet regulations and environmental, health, and security standards. For example, they may recommend energy-saving alternatives or efficiencies that reduce waste. In addition, they continually monitor facilities to ensure that the premises are safe, secure, and well maintained. Facilities managers also direct staff, including grounds maintenance workers, janitors and building cleaners, and general maintenance and repair workers.
Educational requirements for administrative services and facilities managers vary by organization and the work they do. But these workers typically need a bachelor’s degree and related work experience. Although it is not required, professional certification may give candidates an advantage when applying for jobs.
Employment of administrative services and facilities managers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Tasks such as managing facilities and preparing for emergencies will remain important in a range of industries.
Administrative services and facilities managers spend much of their day in an office. They may observe workers throughout the building, go outdoors to supervise groundskeeping activities, or visit other facilities they direct. Most administrative services and facilities managers work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.