A facility administrator oversees buildings that house businesses or schools. Facility administrators manage all aspects of a building, from maintenance to safety to equipment used for upkeep. Some may even negotiate with developers on additions or design buildings themselves.
Facility administrators often hire and manage a staff to perform building maintenance. They manage projects for their employer and manage the budget for repairs and supplies.
Facility administrators must be confident in their decisions and have excellent communication skills, because they interact with everyone from a building's owners to their own staff members to contractors. They should also be capable problem-solvers.
Many facility administrators have a bachelor's degree with an emphasis on courses in engineering, architecture or business administration. However, those with smaller companies may need only an associate's degree or high school diploma.
Employment in the administrative service industry, which includes facility administrators, is expected to increase by 12 per cent by 2018, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
Wages for facility administrators differ by role, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, administrative service managers earned a median annual salary of £47,788 as of May 2008.
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