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235 Associates's Degrees Annually
#102 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,150 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Building/Property Maintenance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many building/property maintenance graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 657
Undergraduate Certificate 393
Associate Degree 239

What Building/Property Maintenance Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, building/property maintenance majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Building/Property Maintenance Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Building/Property Maintenance Majors

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

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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for Building/Property Maintenance Majors

As you progress with your building/property maintenance degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

What Can You Do With a Building/Property Maintenance Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with building/property maintenance:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
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
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 7.9% $38,300

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Building/Property Maintenance?

239 Associate's Degrees Annually
11% Percent Women
39% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 89% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 55
White 141
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

Geographic Diversity

Building/Property Maintenance appeals to people across the globe. About 0.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Building/Property Maintenance Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $41,020 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to building/property maintenance. 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/property maintenance 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to building/property maintenance have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 9.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 41.7%
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) 23.9%
Some College Courses 18.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Building/Property Maintenance Programs

In 2020-2021, 116 schools offered a building/property maintenance program of some type. 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) 72 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 44 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 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/Property Maintenance Worth It?

The median salary for a building/property maintenance grad is $43,150 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 8% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $65,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to building/property maintenance.

Major Number of Grads
Building Construction Technology 1,175
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 910
Other Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection 616
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 239
Insulator 62
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher 52
Drywall Installation/Drywaller 52
Painting/Painter & Wall Coverer 40
Glazier 34
Carpet, Floor, & Tile Worker 30
Roofer 12

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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