Facilities managers ensure the day-to-day management and operation of building infrastructure through administrative support and at times overseeing maintenance tasks.

Where facilities managers are employed

Facilities managers work for local and state governement, public and private organisations that manage buildings and facilities and may be employed in most industries including finance, defence, education, retail, public administration and safety, entertainment and manufacturing.

With experience and sometimes further training facilities officers may take on management responsibilities.

Pay

Full-time facilities managers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for facilities manager

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 921 people employed full-time as facilities managers in South Australia compared with 658 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a facilities officer without formal qualifications and may get some informal training on-the-job. You can also become a facilities officer through a traineeship in property services (operations). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications in facilities management or a related field such as architecture, business, management or planning. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education. Most institutions in Australia offer relevant courses. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. The Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA Australia) offers a range of professional development courses relevant to all levels of the facilities management sector.

Visit FMA Australia for more information.

See courses related to this occupation.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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