A “For Sale” sign in your neighbor's front yard means that you'll soon be seeing a real estate agent coming and going, showing the home to potential buyers. While being an agent is one of the familiar jobs in real estate, many other real estate jobs come into play when a home or commercial property is for sale. It takes a large team of professionals from diverse backgrounds to help individuals and businesses buy, sell, and live or operate in real estate.
The National Association of Realtors says that most real estate jobs have several things in common—the freedom and flexibility to work at your own pace and set your hours and a direct correlation between the amount of time and effort you put in and your income. Besides being a real estate agent, you might look at being a broker or a leasing agent if you're a people person. If your interest is in finance, you can be a real estate investor, developer, attorney, appraiser, or loan officer. If you're looking for a management job, a residential or commercial property manager might be a good fit. Many other jobs support the real estate industry, including home inspectors, real estate assistants, and real estate marketing specialists.
A good place to start your search for a real estate job is the broad category of management jobs. If you have narrowed your search for a particular type of real estate job, you might look at:
Preparing for a career in real estate depends on the exact job title you're aiming for. You can take classes for specific aspects of real estate, such as getting your real estate agent license. Colleges and universities offer degree programs that will enhance your real estate career, such as business administration and marketing.
All real estate jobs require perseverance, self-motivation, and ambition. Since the real estate business is all about property buyers, sellers, and dwellers, you must like people. As a sampling of what it takes to be in the real estate business, here are job descriptions for a real estate agent and a property manager. You might also want to read an article from Monster's career advice library—How to Become a Real Estate Agent.
Applying for any real estate job requires a resume. Whether you need to update your resume or start from scratch, we have resources to help you. Take a look at these sample resumes for commercial property managers and real estate agents. Put your best foot forward with a stellar cover letter to go with that resume. We can help there too! Take a look at this sample property management cover letter, available on Monster.
Are you ready to start interviewing? Knowing what to expect will help with any jitters. We've put together information to prepare you for specific interview questions, and we also have some interview tips for you.
You might base your career choice on how much money you can make. Just as there are many real estate jobs, there is a wide range of salaries. For example, the median salary for a real estate agent in the U.S. is $73,955 a year. Property managers make a median of $47,939 a year. Check out Monster's Salary Tools to find out what you can expect to make in any real estate job in your location. We also track which skills can boost your value and what the next steps in your career might be.
Real estate jobs come in all sizes and shapes. We want to make sure the one you choose is a good fit for your skills and characteristics. That's why we've got company profiles for many employers in our database. Take a look and see things like:
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