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Building Management & Inspection

151 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#264 in Popularity
$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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 2,431
Undergraduate Certificate 1,233
Associate’s Degree 1,132
Bachelor’s Degree 151

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

A major in building management prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a building management student include the following:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with building management:

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 a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Management & Inspection?

151 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
14% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 151 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in building management and inspection in 2018, making it rank #264 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 86% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Building Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 39
White 94
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 7

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Building Management, too. About 4.6% 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?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of building management and inspection students with a bachelor’s degree is $62,300 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $59,725 (25th percentile) and $64,500 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to building management so take that into consideration.

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 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.

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Some degrees associated with building management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 2017-2018 academic year, 355 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) 219 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 228 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 12 1
Associate’s Degree 221 5
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 219 3
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 20,200
Carpentry 4,022
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,389
Construction 1,740
Masonry 492
Other Construction 344

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