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Building Management & Inspection Major

Building management and inspection is a major that typically falls into the Construction Trades category.

There are 221 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in building management, 10 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Building Management Degree?

Building management and inspection is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #264 in popularity. About 200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major tends to be male dominated. About 86.1% of recent graduates are men.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 1.3%
  • Black or African American: 1.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 25.8%
  • White: 62.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 4.6%
  • Other Races: 4.6%
Building Management & Inspection Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in building management. About 4.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending building management majors to the U.S. are India, Venezuela and China.

What Will You Learn as a Building Management & Inspection Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to building management to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Building Management Majors

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

Important Knowledge Areas for Building Management & Inspection Majors

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:

Important Skills for Building Management & Inspection Majors

Abilities for Building Management Majors

A major in building management will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for building management Majors

What Can You Do With a Building Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with building management:

Careers Related to Building Management & Inspection
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers






Solar Photovoltaic Installers



Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers



Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall



First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers



First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers



Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles



Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers



Solar Energy Installation Managers



Building Management & Inspection Major Salary

Average salaries range from $43,000 to $49,000 for careers related to building management. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Building Management Major  ( 43000 to 49000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Building Management & Inspection Major Jobs

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.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Building Management & Inspection
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Building Management & Inspection Programs

There are 10 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in building management and inspection, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Building Management & Inspection Major Worth It?

The median salary for a building management grad is $46,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 18% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $142,200 after 20 years!

building management and inspection salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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