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Real Estate Sales Agents: Schools and Careers

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Real Estate Agents

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/

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Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Real Estate Agents

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Real Estate Agents relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Metro Area Jobs Salary
(2013)
Relative
Popularity

Alabama

     
Birmingham 470 $47760 0.82
Hoover 470 $47760 0.82
Dothan 0 $66800
Huntsville 160 $60870 0.68
Mobile 160 $56400 0.81
Montgomery 90 $78560 0.49
Tuscaloosa 100 $31660 0.91

Alaska

     
Anchorage 100 $69900 0.48

Arizona

     
Lake Havasu City 0 $30620
Kingman 0 $30620
Phoenix 2810 $29930 1.32
Mesa 2810 $29930 1.32
Glendale 2810 $29930 1.32
Prescott 40 $19100 0.67
Tucson 0 $28990
Yuma 30 $56980 0.48

Arkansas

     
Hot Springs 60 $26460 1.57
Jonesboro 60 $33270 0.95
Little Rock 300 $35130 0.75
North Little Rock 300 $35130 0.75
Conway 300 $35130 0.75

California

     
Bakersfield 110 $ 0.31
Delano 110 $ 0.31
Chico 50 $35090 0.55
Fresno 230 $53830 0.58
Los Angeles 6740 $50680 1.04
Long Beach 6740 $50680 1.04
Santa Ana 6740 $50680 1.04
Modesto 70 $44220 0.37
Oxnard 100 $64170 0.28
Thousand Oaks 100 $64170 0.28
Ventura 100 $64170 0.28
Redding 50 $69140 0.7
Riverside 930 $56200 0.64
San Bernardino 930 $56200 0.64
Ontario 930 $56200 0.64
Sacramento 580 $59040 0.58
Arden 580 $59040 0.58
Arcade 580 $59040 0.58
Roseville 580 $59040 0.58
Salinas 50 $35980 0.29
San Diego 1660 $39840 1.08
Carlsbad 1660 $39840 1.08
San Marcos 1660 $39840 1.08
San Francisco 1870 $53200 0.76
Oakland 1870 $53200 0.76
Fremont 1870 $53200 0.76
San Jose 480 $54790 0.42
Sunnyvale 480 $54790 0.42
Santa Clara 480 $54790 0.42
San Luis Obispo 50 $70060 0.38
Paso Robles 50 $70060 0.38
Santa Barbara 70 $55390 0.36
Santa Maria 70 $55390 0.36
Goleta 70 $55390 0.36
Santa Cruz 0 $41930
Watsonville 0 $41930
Santa Rosa 70 $50620 0.34
Petaluma 70 $50620 0.34
Vallejo 0 $46360
Fairfield 0 $46360
Visalia 30 $66670 0.19
Porterville 30 $66670 0.19
Yuba City 140 $38560 3.24
Stockton 120 $69050 0.5

Colorado

     
Boulder 310 $48210 1.57
Colorado Springs 490 $42520 1.66
Denver 1450 $63300 0.94
Aurora 1450 $63300 0.94
Broomfield 1450 $63300 0.94
Fort Collins 190 $34000 1.18
Loveland 190 $34000 1.18
Grand Junction 120 $ 1.78
Greeley 80 $ 0.76

Connecticut

     
Bridgeport 130 $59430 0.27
Stamford 130 $59430 0.27
Norwalk 130 $59430 0.27
Hartford 260 $47680 0.39
West Hartford 260 $47680 0.39
East Hartford 260 $47680 0.39
New Haven 140 $47120 0.45

Delaware

     
Dover 80 $34010 1.15

Florida

     
Cape Coral 930 $38090 3.57
Fort Myers 930 $38090 3.57
Crestview 290 $28280 3.29
Fort Walton Beach 290 $28280 3.29
Destin 290 $28280 3.29
Deltona 650 $24540 3.56
Daytona Beach 650 $24540 3.56
Ormond Beach 650 $24540 3.56
Gainesville 230 $28200 1.59
Jacksonville 1340 $29270 1.91
Lakeland 360 $27180 1.56
Winter Haven 360 $27180 1.56
Miami 8390 $35040 3.06
Fort Lauderdale 8390 $35040 3.06
Pompano Beach 8390 $35040 3.06
Naples 740 $37630 5.06
Marco Island 740 $37630 5.06
North Port 970 $30570 3.21
Bradenton 970 $30570 3.21
Sarasota 970 $30570 3.21
Ocala 190 $25270 1.78
Orlando 4850 $33360 3.85
Kissimmee 4850 $33360 3.85
Sanford 4850 $33360 3.85
Palm Bay 260 $33480 1.14
Melbourne 260 $33480 1.14
Titusville 260 $33480 1.14
Palm Coast 100 $26980 4.3
Panama City 290 $31330 3.47
Lynn Haven 290 $31330 3.47
Panama City Beach 290 $31330 3.47
Pensacola 260 $28950 1.4
Ferry Pass 260 $28950 1.4
Brent 260 $28950 1.4
Port St. Lucie 340 $28410 2.27
Punta Gorda 100 $28360 2.12
Sebastian 140 $ 2.54
Vero Beach 140 $ 2.54
Tallahassee 370 $34110 1.98
Tampa 2840 $32150 2.06
St. Petersburg 2840 $32150 2.06
Clearwater 2840 $32150 2.06

Georgia

     
Albany 0 $47510
Athens 270 $29250 2.92
Clarke County 270 $29250 2.92
Atlanta 5900 $36980 2.12
Sandy Springs 5900 $36980 2.12
Marietta 5900 $36980 2.12
Brunswick 80 $32340 1.8
Dalton 0 $27790
Gainesville 120 $19210 1.32
Hinesville 40 $28630 2.35
Fort Stewart 40 $28630 2.35
Macon 90 $29440 0.82
Savannah 240 $40140 1.32
Valdosta 90 $36770 1.61
Warner Robins 70 $26150 1.1

Hawaii

     
Honolulu 200 $57440 0.38

Idaho

     
Boise City 560 $26290 1.72
Nampa 560 $26290 1.72
Coeur d'Alene 40 $31180 0.65
Idaho Falls 60 $31770 1.1

Illinois

     
Champaign 120 $33560 1.1
Urbana 120 $33560 1.1
Peoria 30 $37790 0.15
Rockford 50 $ 0.32
Springfield 40 $ 0.28

Indiana

     
Bloomington 0 $19420
Fort Wayne 120 $28880 0.49
Indianapolis 710 $105370 0.65
Carmel 710 $105370 0.65
Lafayette 110 $26440 1.07
Terre Haute 60 $26930 0.82

Iowa

     
Ames 60 $28210 1.16
Cedar Rapids 90 $56060 0.56
Des Moines 380 $35920 0.95
West Des Moines 380 $35920 0.95
Waterloo 50 $50550 0.48
Cedar Falls 50 $50550 0.48

Kansas

     
Topeka 0 $27770
Wichita 140 $24320 0.42

Kentucky

     
Bowling Green 0 $34930
Elizabethtown 60 $23770 1.07
Lexington 360 $32370 1.19
Fayette 360 $32370 1.19

Louisiana

     
Alexandria 50 $25780 0.76
Baton Rouge 130 $32740 0.28
Lafayette 100 $32050 0.53
Lake Charles 50 $30190 0.44
Monroe 40 $28320 0.42
New Orleans 410 $39400 0.66
Metairie 410 $39400 0.66
Kenner 410 $39400 0.66
Shreveport 120 $34550 0.59
Bossier City 120 $34550 0.59

Maine

     
Portland 100 $38490 0.41
South Portland 100 $38490 0.41
Biddeford 100 $38490 0.41

Maryland

     
Baltimore 1660 $38020 1.1
Towson 1660 $38020 1.1

Massachusetts

     
Barnstable Town 140 $64790 1.2

Michigan

     
Ann Arbor 150 $33970 0.62
Detroit 1420 $39220 0.65
Warren 1420 $39220 0.65
Livonia 1420 $39220 0.65
Flint 90 $67140 0.54
Grand Rapids 230 $45990 0.48
Wyoming 230 $45990 0.48
Holland 40 $35050 0.33
Grand Haven 40 $35050 0.33
Kalamazoo 130 $34070 0.86
Portage 130 $34070 0.86
Lansing 160 $28020 0.67
East Lansing 160 $28020 0.67
Niles 0 $39590
Benton Harbor 0 $39590

Minnesota

     
St. Cloud 40 $35690 0.32

Mississippi

     
Gulfport 50 $30930 0.45
Biloxi 50 $30930 0.45
Hattiesburg 80 $37110 1.29
Jackson 340 $24510 1.17
Pascagoula 60 $33290 0.97

Missouri

     
Columbia 70 $32610 0.7
Springfield 120 $58270 0.53

Montana

     
Billings 80 $57140 0.87
Missoula 50 $62050 0.73

Nebraska

     
Lincoln 80 $29690 0.41

Nevada

     
Carson City 40 $47960 1.35
Las Vegas 1460 $55360 1.44
Paradise 1460 $55360 1.44
Reno 100 $52250 0.41
Sparks 100 $52250 0.41

New Jersey

     
Atlantic City 70 $36310 0.44
Hammonton 70 $36310 0.44
Ocean City 40 $58400 0.96
Trenton 170 $45460 0.64
Ewing 170 $45460 0.64

New Mexico

     
Albuquerque 370 $38860 0.85
Santa Fe 80 $ 1.09

New York

     
Albany 190 $79720 0.38
Schenectady 190 $79720 0.38
Troy 190 $79720 0.38
Binghamton 60 $34970 0.51
Buffalo 250 $46260 0.4
Niagara Falls 250 $46260 0.4
Ithaca 30 $55300 0.58
Kingston 0 $58680
Poughkeepsie 190 $78740 0.67
Newburgh 190 $78740 0.67
Middletown 190 $78740 0.67
Rochester 320 $56330 0.55
Syracuse 190 $ 0.53

North Carolina

     
Asheville 120 $50810 0.57
Burlington 40 $ 0.55
Durham 190 $56910 0.59
Chapel Hill 190 $56910 0.59
Fayetteville 150 $34160 1.01
Greensboro 420 $38540 1.03
High Point 420 $38540 1.03
Greenville 70 $ 0.81
Jacksonville 0 $52720
Raleigh 870 $51660 1.37
Cary 870 $51660 1.37
Rocky Mount 40 $42790 0.56
Wilmington 300 $59490 1.78
Winston 90 $ 0.37
Salem 90 $ 0.37

North Dakota

     
Bismarck 110 $46820 1.39

Ohio

     
Canton 0 $29960
Massillon 0 $29960
Cleveland 1330 $30950 1.12
Elyria 1330 $30950 1.12
Mentor 1330 $30950 1.12
Columbus 1270 $30440 1.13
Dayton 380 $29510 0.89
Akron 180 $34210 0.49
Toledo 260 $32300 0.73

Oklahoma

     
Lawton 70 $33240 1.43
Oklahoma City 1400 $40910 2
Tulsa 1030 $50410 2.07

Oregon

     
Bend 0 $47920
Eugene 0 $51120
Springfield 0 $51120
Salem 60 $50170 0.36

Pennsylvania

     
Erie 110 $38360 0.76
Harrisburg 330 $43760 0.9
Carlisle 330 $43760 0.9
Lancaster 280 $38790 1.07
Lebanon 30 $47250 0.59
Pittsburgh 1650 $53460 1.25
Reading 110 $42750 0.58
Scranton 90 $37650 0.31
Wilkes 90 $37650 0.31
Barre 90 $37650 0.31
York 130 $38940 0.63
Hanover 130 $38940 0.63
State College 130 $38000 1.72

Puerto Rico

     
San Juan 300 $27940 0.36
Caguas 300 $27940 0.36
Guaynabo 300 $27940 0.36

South Carolina

     
Anderson 60 $29100 0.81
Charleston 860 $29740 2.38
North Charleston 860 $29740 2.38
Summerville 860 $29740 2.38
Columbia 590 $34000 1.43
Florence 80 $30700 0.83
Greenville 410 $39800 1.14
Mauldin 410 $39800 1.14
Easley 410 $39800 1.14
Myrtle Beach 760 $32680 5.61
North Myrtle Beach 760 $32680 5.61
Conway 760 $32680 5.61
Spartanburg 100 $29820 0.71

South Dakota

     
Rapid City 60 $45440 0.82
Sioux Falls 100 $66300 0.57

Tennessee

     
Johnson City 30 $40050 0.37
Knoxville 130 $29670 0.33
Nashville 700 $29820 0.73
Davidson 700 $29820 0.73
Murfreesboro 700 $29820 0.73
Franklin 700 $29820 0.73

Texas

     
Amarillo 60 $29180 0.48
Austin 1790 $56580 1.73
Round Rock 1790 $56580 1.73
San Marcos 1790 $56580 1.73
Brownsville 80 $29930 0.51
Harlingen 80 $29930 0.51
College Station 0 $45040
Bryan 0 $45040
Corpus Christi 120 $28280 0.57
Dallas 4810 $40580 1.3
Fort Worth 4810 $40580 1.3
Arlington 4810 $40580 1.3
El Paso 390 $30440 1.19
Houston 5700 $56390 1.72
Sugar Land 5700 $56390 1.72
Baytown 5700 $56390 1.72
Killeen 80 $30510 0.5
Temple 80 $30510 0.5
Fort Hood 80 $30510 0.5
Lubbock 220 $57500 1.41
McAllen 50 $46370 0.19
Edinburg 50 $46370 0.19
Mission 50 $46370 0.19
Midland 180 $ 1.79
Odessa 30 $67940 0.35
San Antonio 0 $48000
New Braunfels 0 $48000
Abilene 90 $72670 1.25
Tyler 60 $30100 0.52
Waco 70 $19300 0.6
Wichita Falls 0 $21770

Utah

     
Ogden 450 $36050 1.86
Clearfield 450 $36050 1.86
Provo 370 $39410 1.63
Orem 370 $39410 1.63
St. George 190 $47800 3.11
Salt Lake City 1220 $37230 1.57

Vermont

     
Burlington 120 $ 0.85
South Burlington 120 $ 0.85

Virginia

     
Blacksburg 130 $43140 1.79
Christiansburg 130 $43140 1.79
Radford 130 $43140 1.79
Charlottesville 210 $37000 1.79
Harrisonburg 140 $35090 1.95
Lynchburg 190 $27720 1.63
Richmond 1270 $45940 1.77
Roanoke 160 $48880 0.88

Washington

     
Bellingham 190 $41040 2.08
Bremerton 70 $30610 0.72
Silverdale 70 $30610 0.72
Kennewick 170 $38990 1.44
Pasco 170 $38990 1.44
Richland 170 $38990 1.44
Longview 40 $26670 0.89
Olympia 270 $52370 2.33
Seattle 3500 $35400 1.7
Tacoma 3500 $35400 1.7
Bellevue 3500 $35400 1.7
Spokane 370 $44810 1.56
Wenatchee 80 $43160 1.63
East Wenatchee 80 $43160 1.63
Yakima 70 $35480 0.69

Wisconsin

     
Appleton 0 $29110
Green Bay 80 $28710 0.4
Madison 230 $44100 0.57
Milwaukee 370 $35160 0.39
Waukesha 370 $35160 0.39
West Allis 370 $35160 0.39
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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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Most Popular Industries (as of 2008) for:
Real Estate Agents

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Jobs Percent Salary
(2008)
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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