Hot Career - Facilities Management

You might not know what a facilities manager is, but you're sure to have been impacted by one.  Facilities managers conduct the day to day operations of large facilities, such as sports complexes, office buildings, warehouses and college campuses. 

This is a career choice that's wide open with great salary potential and abundant job opportunities.   Lone Star College - Kingwood offers a two-year, AAS degree program in this highly-regarded and rapidly growing industry.  The degree is offered through the interior design department and includes both design and business-related classes.

Linda Holcomb, department chair of business and professional office, says "Good candidates for the facilities management program are people who like to be hands-on, are mechanically inclined, and take an engineering approach to problem solving."

The facilities manager ensures that building occupants and visitors are comfortable and safe.  Job responsibilities may include overseeing renovations, space planning, complying with safety and disability laws, monitoring the performance of contractors and developing evacuation plans. 

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Building Operating Management magazine recently released a salary survey showing that the base salary for those with less than four years experience rose nearly 13 percent since 2004.  According to the survey, those entering the field can potentially be looking at a starting salary of $63,000.  The report also indicates that the field is experiencing an aging workforce and a decline in new workers, good indicators of a prime field for future graduates. 

Visit kingwood.lonestar.edu or call 281-312-1639 for more information about this exciting opportunity.

Registration for the spring semester is going on now.  Students can register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at kingwood.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit www.lonestar.edu.