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1,200 Associate's Degrees Annually
205 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#26 in Popularity (Associate's)
$46,010 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Building Management & Inspection Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many building management and inspection graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 2,168
Associate Degree 1,412
Undergraduate Certificate 1,262
Bachelor’s Degree 174

What Building Management & Inspection Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to building management were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Building Management Majors

Building Management majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Building Management Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to building management:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Building Management Majors

As a building management major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

What Can You Do With a Building Management & Inspection Major?

People with a building management degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Carpet Installers 9.4% $39,340
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 12.6% $43,000
Civil Engineering Technicians 8.9% $52,580
Construction and Building Inspectors 10.1% $59,700
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers 1.0% $43,730
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 9.9% $39,940
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles 9.8% $42,760
Floor Sanders and Finishers 8.2% $37,510
Glaziers 10.4% $43,550
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall 1.3% $38,480
Insulation Workers, Mechanical 9.8% $47,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 7.9% $38,300
Painters, Construction and Maintenance 5.7% $38,940
Paperhangers 5.3% $38,090
Roofers 11.1% $39,970
Solar Energy Installation Managers 12.6% $65,230
Solar Photovoltaic Installers 104.4% $42,680
Structural Iron and Steel Workers 12.8% $53,970
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers 11.1% $42,500
Tile and Marble Setters 9.8% $41,840

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Building Management & Inspection?

1,412 Associate's Degrees Annually
12% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Building Management and Inspection runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #26 out of all the trade school majors we track. In 2019, about 1,200 graduates completed their associate’s degree in this field. This major tends to be male dominated. About 88% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of building management majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 32
Black or African American 113
Hispanic or Latino 267
White 867
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 114

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Building Management. About 1.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • Venezuela
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Building Management & Inspection Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Building Management majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,050 to $49,170 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with building management require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for building management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 21.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 44.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 16.6%
Some College Courses 9.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 3.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.4%
Master’s Degree 0.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 0.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.1%

Online Building Management & Inspection Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 358 schools offered some type of building management and inspection program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 232 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 17 0
Associate’s Degree 238 2
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Building Management & Inspection Worth It?

The median salary for a building management grad is $46,010 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 15% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $122,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to building management.

Major Number of Grads
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 22,624
Carpentry 4,262
Construction 2,597
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,429
Masonry 416
Other Construction 191

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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