I couldn't get this position elsewhere as I don't have any direct skill set to pull from. As I told my DFM, ETL-HR and GFM during my interviews, I have an applied general knowledge to pull from working with landlords over the years doing roofing, , carpentry, electrical and plumbing. I also am very computer literate as I can literally build a computer blind folded after working on them for over 10 years now. My plan was to get some schooling in to further help me getting this position, but I had to try when this opportunity opened up. Combined with my interviewing skills though, I also had the support of 6 TLs/Sr.TLs, 5 ETLs and 3 STLs that I've worked with over the years offering their support in my ability to adapt to any task given me.
As for the wage being appropriate for an SFT's responsibilities in the store, I might agree to an extent that they be compensated a little more, but I myself am quite happy with my current rate. There is a certain level of skilled trade involved as you do have to do basic levels of general building maintenance. You also have to manage the cleaning crew's performance, work with outside contractors, coordinate your own work with all other TMs in the building, perform a myriad number of preventative maintenance tasks to keep the store running without interruption, complete field projects as needed and all of this while trying to keep company expenditures at a minimum.