More employers are seeking real estate agents who have a college degree

As more real estate agents are opting to get a college degree, more universities across the country offer programs in this field.
As more real estate agents are opting to get a college degree, more universities across the country offer programs in this field.

Although in the past many people in the real estate industry earned only a high school diploma, more professionals in the field are seeking higher education in order to better compete in the growing industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), real estate transactions have become more complex in recent years, prompting employers to hire candidates who have college degrees.

Most universities, colleges and community colleges offer courses in real estate, the BLS reports. However, increasingly, higher education courses in finance, business administration, economics, law, statistics and English can also be useful for this fast-growing field.

California's Ashford University is only one school that has opted to better-prepare students for a career in this industry. The institution recently announced that it has launched a bachelor's degree program in real estate studies. According to the school, this course of study will teach students the theory and business of the industry as well as the various laws and regulations that are behind many transactions.

Other schools that have higher education programs in the real estate industry include New York's Cornell University, California's San Diego State University and the University of Texas at Austin, according to their websites.

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