How Do I Become a Building Manager? (with pictures)

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Building managers should have at least a high school education, though some companies prefer to hire college graduates with management or business experience.
Building managers should have at least a high school education, though some companies prefer to hire college graduates with management or business experience.

A building manager is a person who oversees the operation of one or many residential properties. This person will be responsible for addressing tenant issues such as repairs or rent negotiation, and also for filling vacant apartments. In order to become a building manager, you will first need to complete a high school education. In some instances, this may be the only level of education you will need in order to become a building manager, though many companies now prefer to hire college graduates who have business, accounting, or management experience.

Building managers may buy vacant residential or commercial properties.
Building managers may buy vacant residential or commercial properties.

It is certainly possible to become a building manager by taking an entry-level position with a property management company and working your way up as you gain experience, but companies are increasingly on the lookout for college graduates with experience in a variety of areas, especially management. You can be a competitive candidate for a position as a manager by earning a real estate license, too; this will give you the experience and knowledge of how to deal with tenants, negotiate leases or rental agreements, and address other issues common in the industry. Earning such certification will, of course, take time and money, and you will need to be dedicated to the industry.

A building manager will be responsible for filling vacancies in an apartment building.
A building manager will be responsible for filling vacancies in an apartment building.

If you intend to go to college, you can become a building manager by working toward a degree in accounting, business administration, building management, or other related programs. If you earn a degree in an unrelated field, you may still be eligible for a position as a building manager, but it is likely that you will start out in a lower-level position such as assistant manager or other staff. As an assistant manager, you will essentially job shadow the building manager so you can learn the skills necessary to become a building manager yourself.

Research the various property management companies in your area and find out what qualifications they outline for candidates who want to become a building manager. This will give you the best idea of the steps you will need to take to obtain such a position. If you meet the qualifications, write a strong resumé and cover letter, and submit the materials to the company. Be respectful and positive, even if you end up not getting the job; other positions may open up later on, and you will want to establish a positive working relationship with a company so you can apply again.

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    • Building managers should have at least a high school education, though some companies prefer to hire college graduates with management or business experience.
      Building managers should have at least a high school education, though some companies prefer to hire college graduates with management or business experience.
    • Building managers may buy vacant residential or commercial properties.
      Building managers may buy vacant residential or commercial properties.
    • A building manager will be responsible for filling vacancies in an apartment building.
      A building manager will be responsible for filling vacancies in an apartment building.