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Buying or selling a home, or any type of real estate, can be made easier when a real estate agent is involved. Not only do they have training in the field, but they also know the ins and outs of the market. Additionally, real estate agents can find variability on the job. They may choose to represent a buyer or a seller, be involved in various types of negotiations, look for certain types of property or help a client close a desirable deal.

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Real Estate Sales Agent Schools

If your career goals involve buying, selling, developing, or managing properties, and you want the foundation of a solid education in property management, there is no better option than a master of business administration or MBA in real estate. The following five real estate agent programs can furnish students with an MBA in real estate:

  • The University of California, Berkeley: This MBA in real estate program is offered by the Haas School of Business and aims to provide students with an award-winning faculty.
  • The University of North Carolina: The Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC offers one of the largest MBA real estate programs in the nation.
  • The University of Texas: The McCoombs School of Business at the University of Texas offers an MBA in real estate education with a focus on real estate finance.
  • The University of Utah: The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has a master's of real estate development program designed for students from multiple disciplines.
  • Wharton University of Pennsylvania: This school has offered a real estate concentration for MBA students since 1985.

Real Estate Agent Education Requirements

Though a high school diploma is the minimum level of education needed to become a real estate agent, an advanced degree can help open up doors for employment. Real estate agent education requirements vary from agency to agency, but a bachelor's or master's degree can mean leadership roles and higher earning potential. A master of business administration or MBA in real estate is a particularly helpful path for those hoping to make a long-term career in the real estate industry. Completing a state-accredited program can be important to seeking licensing later on.

MBA real estate programs instruct students in a variety of critical disciplines in property sales, management, and development:

  • Business planning and administration
  • Architecture and urban planning
  • Real estate law
  • Finance, economics, and business management
  • Marketing and customer service
  • International real estate markets
  • Real estate investment and entrepreneurship, including analysis and financing

MBA real estate programs are offered in business schools and colleges all over the United States, available through classroom curricula and online coursework. Some hybrid programs offer a combination of classes and online study, an ideal choice for students who intend to work full time as they complete their studies.

Real Estate Agent Certification and Licensing

Real estate agent training leads to the important steps of certification and licensure. Certification is available to agents through organizations like the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Some of the NAR certifications include: Certified Real Estate Broker Manager (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (CRETS), and others. Certification is not necessary, but may be beneficial to the job.

Licensing is required in all 50 states. To become licensed, an individual typically needs to complete specific coursework and pass a licensing exam. Passing a background check also can be a requirement. Often, licenses need to be renewed every two to four years with continuing education being an important component. More licensing details can be found through a state's real estate licensing commission.

Resources for Real Estate Agents

Sources:

  1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Real Estate Sales Agents, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/real-estate-brokers-and-sales-agents.htm
  2. Designations and Certifications, National Association of Realtors. http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications
  3. Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/real-estate-brokers-and-sales-agents.htm#tab-6
  4. The University of California, Berkeley, http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/academics/realestate.html
  5. The University of North Carolina, http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/real-estate
  6. The University of Texas, https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Full-Time/Academics/Concentrations/Real-Estate-Finance
  7. The University of Utah, http://mred.business.utah.edu/page/mred-program-overview
  8. Wharton Univerisity of Pennsylvania, https://real-estate.wharton.upenn.edu/programs/mba/

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Real Estate Agents

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Real Estate Agents jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 440 $55,570
Birmingham 440 $55,570
Huntsville 170 $63,990
Mobile 160 $60,180
Montgomery 70 $84,230
Tuscaloosa 50 $49,580
Fairhope N/A $45,340
Foley N/A $45,340
Daphne N/A $45,340
Dothan N/A $67,050
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 140 $63,960
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2310 $33,250
Scottsdale 2310 $33,250
Mesa 2310 $33,250
Tucson 260 $49,950
Prescott 90 $18,710
Yuma 40 $57,350
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 350 $33,440
North Little Rock 350 $33,440
Little Rock 350 $33,440
Jonesboro 70 $36,750
Hot Springs 50 $24,460
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 5450 $50,420
Los Angeles 5450 $50,420
Long Beach 5450 $50,420
Hayward 1760 $59,010
Oakland 1760 $59,010
San Francisco 1760 $59,010
San Diego 1180 $44,860
Carlsbad 1180 $44,860
Ontario 1090 $58,440
San Bernardino 1090 $58,440
Riverside 1090 $58,440
Sunnyvale 720 $54,330
Santa Clara 720 $54,330
San Jose 720 $54,330
Arcade 700 $37,390
Sacramento 700 $37,390
Roseville 700 $37,390
Arden 700 $37,390
Lodi 170 $72,580
Stockton 170 $72,580
Santa Maria 120 $58,860
Santa Barbara 120 $58,860
Bakersfield 120 $89,890
Fresno 110 $56,360
Watsonville 80 N/A
Santa Cruz 80 N/A
Thousand Oaks 70 $29,960
Oxnard 70 $29,960
Ventura 70 $29,960
Fairfield 70 $46,140
Vallejo 70 $46,140
Modesto 60 $34,940
Santa Rosa 60 $58,520
Salinas 50 $36,590
Yuba City 50 $70,970
Chico 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Denver 1840 $75,900
Aurora 1840 $75,900
Lakewood 1840 $75,900
Colorado Springs 420 $44,910
Boulder 350 $38,810
Fort Collins 160 $33,810
Grand Junction 120 N/A
Greeley 110 $132,870
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 290 $43,260
West Hartford 290 $43,260
Hartford 290 $43,260
New Haven 230 $45,280
Norwalk 110 $48,730
Stamford 110 $48,730
Bridgeport 110 $48,730
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $35,600
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 7160 $39,180
Fort Lauderdale 7160 $39,180
Miami 7160 $39,180
Sanford 3820 $39,070
Kissimmee 3820 $39,070
Orlando 3820 $39,070
St. Petersburg 2200 $35,780
Clearwater 2200 $35,780
Tampa 2200 $35,780
Jacksonville 1130 $29,220
North Port 810 $28,640
Sarasota 810 $28,640
Bradenton 810 $28,640
Naples 680 $41,260
Marco Island 680 $41,260
Immokalee 680 $41,260
Ormond Beach 650 $23,850
Deltona 650 $23,850
Daytona Beach 650 $23,850
Fort Myers 640 $35,910
Cape Coral 640 $35,910
Winter Haven 410 $29,790
Lakeland 410 $29,790
Brent 310 $41,790
Ferry Pass 310 $41,790
Pensacola 310 $41,790
Destin 290 $29,160
Crestview 290 $29,160
Fort Walton Beach 290 $29,160
Tallahassee 290 $42,840
Panama City 240 $30,920
Gainesville 220 $25,210
Port St. Lucie 220 $36,930
Palm Bay 220 $37,680
Melbourne 220 $37,680
Titusville 220 $37,680
Ocala 160 $28,430
Vero Beach 130 $29,290
Sebastian 130 $29,290
The Villages 70 $18,940
Punta Gorda N/A $21,850
Homosassa Springs N/A $41,090
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 6570 $36,040
Atlanta 6570 $36,040
Roswell 6570 $36,040
Savannah 310 N/A
Macon 300 $36,750
Athens 280 $28,440
Clarke County 280 $28,440
Valdosta 160 $32,910
Gainesville 150 $28,260
Warner Robins 100 $28,650
Brunswick 90 $30,210
Albany 80 $32,210
Hinesville 70 $28,180
Rome 40 $33,580
Dalton N/A $26,850
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 170 $78,530
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 560 $30,670
Idaho Falls 90 $52,970
Pocatello 30 $34,830
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Champaign 120 $31,780
Urbana 120 $31,780
Rockford 70 $44,010
Peoria 40 $42,400
Springfield 30 $55,880
Bloomington N/A $81,880
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 990 $82,940
Indianapolis 990 $82,940
Carmel 990 $82,940
West Lafayette 120 $27,440
Lafayette 120 $27,440
Fort Wayne 120 $42,090
Terre Haute 60 $24,900
Bloomington 40 $24,830
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 420 $35,760
Des Moines 420 $35,760
Cedar Rapids 130 $39,660
Ames 90 $46,460
Cedar Falls 50 N/A
Waterloo 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 130 $26,020
Topeka 40 $28,630
Manhattan N/A $71,450
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 300 $40,430
Lexington 300 $40,430
Fort Knox 60 $21,970
Elizabethtown 60 $21,970
Bowling Green 40 $18,910
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 520 $32,180
New Orleans 520 $32,180
Lafayette 140 $34,900
Bossier City 130 $34,900
Shreveport 130 $34,900
Baton Rouge 110 $47,190
Lake Charles 50 $43,040
Alexandria 40 $30,190
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 80 $39,270
Portland 80 $39,270
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1460 $38,740
Columbia 1460 $38,740
Baltimore 1460 $38,740
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 130 $69,870
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Rapids 350 $40,390
Wyoming 350 $40,390
Lansing 150 $39,210
East Lansing 150 $39,210
Ann Arbor 140 $30,690
Kalamazoo 120 $32,690
Portage 120 $32,690
Flint 60 $41,060
Warren N/A $38,920
Detroit N/A $38,920
Dearborn N/A $38,920
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 40 $39,540
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 300 $49,340
Gulfport 90 $37,180
Pascagoula 90 $37,180
Biloxi 90 $37,180
Hattiesburg 80 $32,490
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 110 $21,550
Springfield 100 $31,380
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 80 $58,570
Missoula 50 $71,270
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 130 $36,510
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1340 $56,260
Henderson 1340 $56,260
Las Vegas 1340 $56,260
Reno 90 $67,420
Carson City 40 $47,660
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 120 $38,260
Ocean City 60 $57,900
Hammonton 50 $36,530
Atlantic City 50 $36,530
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 390 $39,540
Santa Fe 130 N/A
Las Cruces 50 $41,440
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 250 $54,450
Niagara Falls 230 $45,130
Buffalo 230 $45,130
Cheektowaga 230 $45,130
Schenectady 230 $73,200
Albany 230 $73,200
Troy 230 $73,200
Syracuse 180 N/A
Kingston N/A $52,650
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1170 $47,680
Greensboro 370 $37,100
High Point 370 $37,100
Wilmington 170 $48,970
Asheville 170 $54,400
Durham 170 $56,180
Chapel Hill 170 $56,180
Fayetteville 150 $40,540
Salem 130 N/A
Winston 130 N/A
Greenville 70 $55,360
Burlington 40 $34,650
Morganton 30 $38,560
Hickory 30 $38,560
Lenoir 30 $38,560
Jacksonville N/A $30,430
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 90 $52,360
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1580 $30,430
Cleveland 1370 $29,230
Elyria 1370 $29,230
Dayton 570 $30,380
Akron 330 $42,410
Toledo 290 $32,570
Mansfield 40 $36,090
Canton N/A $31,590
Massillon N/A $31,590
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1710 $47,250
Tulsa 1190 $53,580
Lawton 150 $33,460
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bend 110 $44,410
Redmond 110 $44,410
Eugene 90 $64,800
Salem 40 $41,100
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1820 $64,130
Harrisburg 280 $43,890
Carlisle 280 $43,890
Lancaster 230 $40,580
York 150 $35,090
Hanover 150 $35,090
State College 120 $37,740
Reading 120 $43,960
Erie 100 $45,010
Hazleton 80 $46,050
Barre 80 $46,050
Wilkes 80 $46,050
Scranton 80 $46,050
Waynesboro 60 $33,700
Chambersburg 60 $33,700
East Stroudsburg 50 $54,660
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 350 $26,830
Carolina 350 $26,830
San Juan 350 $26,830
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 990 $33,940
North Charleston 990 $33,940
Columbia 680 $32,730
Anderson 490 $31,090
Greenville 490 $31,090
Mauldin 490 $31,090
Bluffton 270 $43,580
Beaufort 270 $43,580
Hilton Head Island 270 $43,580
Florence 90 $30,800
Spartanburg 90 $38,840
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 80 $46,700
Sioux Falls 60 $69,510
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 680 $29,930
Murfreesboro 680 $29,930
Davidson 680 $29,930
Nashville 680 $29,930
Knoxville 170 $28,940
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 4840 $63,130
Houston 4840 $63,130
Sugar Land 4840 $63,130
Dallas 4260 $41,660
Arlington 4260 $41,660
Fort Worth 4260 $41,660
Austin 1420 $65,310
Round Rock 1420 $65,310
New Braunfels 950 $73,080
San Antonio 950 $73,080
Port Arthur 480 $74,850
Beaumont 480 $74,850
El Paso 340 $55,500
Midland 270 $90,720
Lubbock 130 $59,830
Corpus Christi 130 $65,420
Temple 110 $29,400
Killeen 110 $29,400
Bryan 100 $43,570
College Station 100 $43,570
Tyler 80 N/A
Waco 70 $19,640
Amarillo 70 $69,890
Wichita Falls 60 $19,640
Mission 40 N/A
Edinburg 40 N/A
McAllen 40 N/A
Harlingen 40 $48,680
Brownsville 40 $48,680
Laredo 30 $21,060
Abilene N/A $87,530
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 990 $36,180
Clearfield 520 $37,590
Ogden 520 $37,590
Provo 280 $36,530
Orem 280 $36,530
St. George 120 $42,290
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 130 N/A
Burlington 130 N/A
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 820 $44,990
Charlottesville 240 $43,590
Lynchburg 170 $28,920
Harrisonburg 160 $37,000
Roanoke 140 $44,050
Christiansburg 130 $44,950
Radford 130 $44,950
Blacksburg 130 $44,950
Waynesboro 40 $39,560
Staunton 40 $39,560
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 5160 $44,530
Seattle 5160 $44,530
Bellevue 5160 $44,530
Spokane 420 $50,310
Spokane Valley 420 $50,310
Tumwater 350 $58,810
Olympia 350 $58,810
Bellingham 220 $57,020
Richland 200 $36,850
Kennewick 200 $36,850
Bremerton 120 $39,650
Silverdale 120 $39,650
Yakima 100 $36,010
Wenatchee 100 $49,530
Walla Walla 70 $91,250
Longview 50 $28,130
Anacortes 50 $30,420
Mount Vernon 50 $30,420
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 250 $35,380
Waukesha 250 $35,380
West Allis 250 $35,380
Madison 200 $49,530
Green Bay 70 N/A
Appleton N/A $29,820
Beloit N/A $41,670
Janesville N/A $41,670

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Real Estate Agents

To find out more about building a career as Real Estate Agents, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Real Estate Agents

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Real Estate 125,840 77% $37,720
Construction 13,220 8% $49,710
Government 4,690 2% $62,650
Civil Engineering 4,390 2% $44,570
Office Services And Staffing 3,290 2% $43,860
Professional And Technical Services 3,270 2% $45,780
Oil And Gas 2,030 1% $56,850
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