The answer to this question is a resounding, “YES!” The facility management field is changing rapidly, creating amazing opportunities for young people. In addition, the current facility management professional base continues to age and retire, which means there’s a growing demand for a trained and energetic workforce.
According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the average age of a facility management professional is 49 and within the next decade, half of the existing FM employees will retire. Although higher education programs are graduating about 2,000 students trained in facility management per year, the demand is greater than that within the industry.
Technology is developing at breakneck speeds, giving facilities throughout the industry opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce downtime, and improve productivity. However, all this technology and the movement toward “smart buildings” require maintenance technicians and managers who can understand, operate, and use it effectively.
Currently, there is not only a skills gap but also a lack of individuals entering the field. The result will be poorly maintained buildings, potential safety issues, and missed opportunities for well-paid, rewarding careers.
More and more companies, along with trade organizations like the IFMA, are working to address the labor issue. As a result, if you are considering facility management as a career choice, you will be well-supported with scholarships, internship opportunities, and a ready supply of mentors who are ready to help you launch and nurture your career.
If you are willing to work hard and have an attitude of life-long learning, the opportunities in facilities management are nearly endless. Unlike many careers, facilities management jobs cannot be sent overseas. In addition, opportunities abound in every community, large or small, and in every geographic part of the country. Since every business that operates a building has a need for facilities management, you have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of environments including residential, manufacturing, government, or retail.
Take the time to consider a career in facility management; it’s worth the investment.