According to Real Estate Roundtable, an education and research foundation, the real estate industry produces or supports approximately nine million jobs in the United States, and employment is estimated to grow by 7.1% annually through 2016, according to IBISWorld.
The associate degree in real estate studies provides students with the business skills needed to pursue careers in this steadily growing industry. It also identifies and provides a foundation for any additional education and licensing which may be required to pursue these careers. This resource guide will provide you with resource information regarding license requirements and help you identify personal attributes needed to succeed in this field. In addition, it is an information tool to help you identify career and internship opportunities, federal employment information, and academic and professional organizations.
- Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
- Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
- Mathematics - Using mathematics and statistics to solve problems.
- Problem Solving - Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
- Reading Comprehension -Ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
- Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
- Speaking - Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
- Writing and Authoring - Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
- Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others and understanding why they react the way they do.
- Reading Comprehension - Ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
- Negotiating - Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
The Associate of Arts in Real Estate Studies will prepare students for a career in real estate; however, in order to practice real estate in your state, a license will be required. Most states require taking a pre-licensure course as well as passing an exam. For more information, check with your state’s Real Estate Commission, whose contact information may be found below:
To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the real estate field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.”
As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. This career field in particular will likely require additional education or experience.
There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in real estate studies. The list below provides a few examples of federal agencies where degree holders might find employment.
Sample Position Titles
- Review Appraiser
- Realty Specialist
- Realty Officer
- Loan Review Specialist
While many of the major job search engines will have positions in several fields to choose from, the following search engine is specific to the real estate studies field:
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. As a real estate studies major, you may be interested in the professional organization below.