Magazine article Journal of Property Management

From Ph.D. to CPM

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

From Ph.D. to CPM

Article excerpt

I was supposed to be a college professor.

In graduate school, I studied geography and geology and was pursuing my Ph.D. But life's circumstances changed. My mentor took a sabbatical and I did not want to wait a couple years for his return: I wanted to get my professional life underway. So after a couple of twist and turns I became a property manager.

My story is not unique. Like so many others, I entered the field by default-not because I didn't want to or because real estate management wasn't interesting, but because I didn't know it was an option.

Times have changed. Options have changed. Education has changed. And real estate management is on the cusp of being widely recognized as a suitable-even desirable-career choice for smart, determined and ambitious professionals.

Recently, CareerBuilder.com ranked property management as one of America's top 50 jobs. Last year, MONEY Magazine and Salary.com ranked property management as one of America's 50 best jobs. Such notoriety is propelling us forward in our pursuit to be seated at the table with other viable professionals.

Additionally, real estate management programs are popping up at four-year universities. Students are becoming well aware of the opportunities this profession presents and they are choosing it as a career. …

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