It’s getting official folks! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is recognizing “Facilities Managers” with a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code 11-3013. What’s the big deal?
As you are probably quite keenly aware, many in the FM world have come to the occupation via indirect paths, transitioning almost by chance from maintenance and service trades. Learning the job was usually done on the spot, advice passed down from an old-timer or scrounged on your own by trial and error. Why? Because there’s been no recognition for Facility Management as a professional career, little visibility in the job market, and no opportunities in higher education. All that is about to change.
IFMA President and CEO, Tony Keane, states, “We are pleased that the United States government agreed with IFMA and has recognized the facility management industry as a critical and distinct part of the built environment industry. This is testament to how far strategic FM has advanced in recent decades. Defining FM in the U.S. represents a huge step toward achieving a truly global FM community.”
Here’s an article detailing this exciting news.