The 2012 employment outlook for community association management looks exceptionally strong, according to a new 5-page special report. Released on February 23, the report is based on a survey of 1,509 professionals in the industry conducted by NBC-CAM at the end of 2011. Of those surveyed, 1,351 (95.3 percent) held the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) credential, 771 (54.4 percent), held the Association Manager Specialist (AMS®) credential, and 317 (22.4 percent) held the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM®).
When management company executives were asked to describe their hiring intentions in 2012, over one-third (33.5 percent) said they expected an increase in the total number of managers hired within their community or organization. Only 2.8 percent said they anticipated a decrease in hiring for the year.
If the community management hiring uptick in 2012 fulfills expectations of respondents, it will represent a significant improvement over a strong performance in 2011. Last year, 25.4 percent experienced increased hiring activity, which is 8.1 percent less than those expecting increased hiring activity in 2012. At the other end, 7.8 percent experienced decreased hiring activity in 2011, which is exactly 5 percent more than anticipate decreased hiring activity in 2012.
The report also incorporates findings from the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index Poll released in February 2012 and a CareerBuilder/Harris Interactive Poll released in December 2011. When compared with the NBC-CAM survey, both of these polls indicated that the employment outlook for community management was even more optimistic than it was for other industries overall.
The results were particularly encouraging, considering that the results from the Well Fargo/Gallup poll were the most optimistic since January 2008.
The NBC-CAM report also included major trends that should shape employment outcome in 2012, as well as possible hiring deterrents.
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