Types of Degrees Building/Property Maintenance Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many building/property maintenance graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Building/Property Maintenance Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to building/property maintenance and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Building/Property Maintenance Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in building/property maintenance should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- 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
When studying building/property maintenance, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- 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
A major in building/property maintenance will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- 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?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of building/property maintenance majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||26|
|Hispanic or Latino||47|
Students from other countries are interested in Building/Property Maintenance, too. About 2.2% 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 the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Building/Property Maintenance
Some careers associated with building/property maintenance require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for building/property maintenance careers below.
|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%|
Online Building/Property Maintenance Programs
In 2019-2020, 118 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)||71||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||4||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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*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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