Real Estate Careers

A real estate broker works with sellers and buyers of real estate and and helps match their clients with the most appropriate property to meet their needs and that is priced within their means. Residential real estate agents work with homeowners, while commercial real estate agents deal primarily with offices and buildings.

Employment Opportunities

Real estate professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Real estate office
  • Home office
  • Out in the field at showings

Skills

Real estate professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Thorough knowledge of the real estate market
  • Congenial personality
  • Enjoy dealing with all types of people
  • Trustworthiness
  • Honesty
  • Detail-oriented
  • Responsible and conscientious

Industry Spotlight

This occupation is relatively easy to enter and is attractive because of its flexible working conditions; the high interest in, and familiarity with, local real estate markets that entrants often have; and the potential for high earnings. Therefore, although gaining a job as a real estate agent or broker may be relatively easy, beginning agents and brokers face competition from their well-established, more experienced counterparts in obtaining listings and in closing an adequate number of sales.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008