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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. 

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Useful Skills within the Real Estate Studies Field

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.

Must-Know Information

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:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia

Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland

Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey

New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina

South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington, D.C.
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 
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Career Options

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.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry in our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or speak with a career coach. 

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.

Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
Assessors
Appraisers, Real Estate
Real Estate Brokers
Real Estate Sales Agents

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

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

Sample Agencies

Review Appraiser
Realty Specialist
Realty Officer
Loan Review Specialist

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of the Navy
U.S. Department of State

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: 

Real Estate Jobs

 
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Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations

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.

National Association of Realtors

Conferences and Expositions
Get Connected: Social Media

A login may be required for access to social media.

National Association of REALTORS – Facebook, LinkedIn
Women in Real Estate – LinkedIn

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