NAAEI Celebrates February as Apartment Careers Month

Contact: Mark Evans at 979-492-1150 

ARLINGTON, Va. / Feb. 4, 2014 – While some people are still struggling to find work or have simply given up the search entirely, the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is banding together with its 170 affiliated apartment associations and the nation’s apartment industry to build awareness about the careers—and the many types of jobs—to be found in the multifamily housing industry by celebrating February as Apartment Careers Month.

The theme of this year’s Apartment Careers Month is “The Apartment Industry is Home to Many Successful Careers!” NAAEI is encouraging its affiliated apartment associations and industry partners to use the month as an opportunity to hold job fairs in their communities, to speak to high school or college classes about apartment industry careers and to offer students the chance to shadow someone working at an apartment community to learn first-hand what life is like working in the industry. 

“We’re finding that many people, especially high school and college students, aren’t even aware of the different types of jobs that exist in our industry,” said Diana Pittro, ARM, NAAEI president and executive vice president of RMK Management Company. “We want to encourage the next generation of job seekers to consider careers in our industry.”

Apartment living is on the rise and so is the demand for talented, hard-working people to staff newly built apartment communities and to replace retiring workers, she said. Nationally, according to the National Apartment Association, the industry employs 686,000 professionals who work onsite at apartment communities. An additional 1.7 million people are indirectly employed by the apartment industry at regional and corporate offices and at businesses catering to the industry.

Other facts about apartment careers and the economic impact of the industry include:

  • Nearly 35 million Americans call apartments “home” and as many as 7 million new renter households are expected this decade.
  • The average apartment community employs six onsite staff members, including a manager and assistant manager, leasing consultants and maintenance technicians.
  • Apartment careers offer competitive salaries and great benefits, as well as training opportunities and excellent room for growth because the apartment industry has a history of promoting from within.
  • Apartment careers are portable. The skills and experience gained working in an apartment community can easily be transferred to another community in another city.

Learn more about apartment industry careers by visiting ApartmentCareerHQ.org or WeAreApartments.org, which also features information on the apartment industry.

 

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The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education and research arm of the National Apartment Association. The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders. Visit www.naahq.org/education or www.apartmentcareerhq.org for more information.