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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 370 $59,750
Birmingham 370 $59,750
Huntsville 100 N/A
Mobile 100 $61,210
Tuscaloosa 50 $47,440
Montgomery 50 $70,470
Daphne N/A $29,960
Foley N/A $29,960
Fairhope N/A $29,960
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 130 $67,000
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2540 $54,820
Scottsdale 2540 $54,820
Mesa 2540 $54,820
Tucson 220 $65,460
Prescott 190 $20,340
Yuma 60 $64,820
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 340 $29,050
North Little Rock 340 $29,050
Little Rock 340 $29,050
Jonesboro 60 $40,780
Hot Springs 50 $24,890
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 5290 $50,110
Los Angeles 5290 $50,110
Anaheim 5290 $50,110
Hayward 1700 $74,460
Oakland 1700 $74,460
San Francisco 1700 $74,460
San Diego 1390 $27,330
Carlsbad 1390 $27,330
Ontario 920 $58,460
San Bernardino 920 $58,460
Riverside 920 $58,460
San Jose 870 $52,520
Sunnyvale 870 $52,520
Santa Clara 870 $52,520
Arcade 730 $42,470
Roseville 730 $42,470
Sacramento 730 $42,470
Arden 730 $42,470
Fresno 190 $71,650
Bakersfield 170 $79,050
Lodi 150 $74,460
Stockton 150 $74,460
Ventura 100 $28,050
Thousand Oaks 100 $28,050
Oxnard 100 $28,050
Watsonville 80 N/A
Santa Cruz 80 N/A
Salinas 80 $30,920
Modesto 70 $29,760
Santa Rosa 70 $59,770
Porterville 60 $35,590
Visalia 60 $35,590
Yuba City 50 $74,450
Paso Robles 40 $49,440
Arroyo Grande 40 $49,440
San Luis Obispo 40 $49,440
Chico 30 $63,710
Vallejo N/A $46,650
Fairfield N/A $46,650
Santa Barbara N/A $80,350
Santa Maria N/A $80,350
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs 530 $37,700
Boulder 400 $47,310
Fort Collins 150 $54,690
Grand Junction 110 N/A
Greeley 100 N/A
Aurora N/A $53,230
Denver N/A $53,230
Lakewood N/A $53,230
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Hartford 310 $43,630
East Hartford 310 $43,630
Hartford 310 $43,630
New Haven 200 $38,910
Bridgeport 170 $44,080
Stamford 170 $44,080
Norwalk 170 $44,080
Danbury 50 $54,660
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $42,100
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 5560 $44,600
Fort Lauderdale 5560 $44,600
Miami 5560 $44,600
Orlando 3720 $42,480
Kissimmee 3720 $42,480
Sanford 3720 $42,480
Clearwater 2340 $37,240
Tampa 2340 $37,240
St. Petersburg 2340 $37,240
Jacksonville 900 $34,340
Bradenton 750 $31,980
North Port 750 $31,980
Sarasota 750 $31,980
Fort Myers 710 $65,700
Cape Coral 710 $65,700
Marco Island 530 $65,680
Immokalee 530 $65,680
Naples 530 $65,680
Titusville 400 $35,800
Palm Bay 400 $35,800
Melbourne 400 $35,800
Daytona Beach 320 $23,710
Ormond Beach 320 $23,710
Deltona 320 $23,710
Lakeland 280 $33,970
Winter Haven 280 $33,970
Brent 230 $42,790
Pensacola 230 $42,790
Ferry Pass 230 $42,790
Destin 210 $32,420
Fort Walton Beach 210 $32,420
Crestview 210 $32,420
Port St. Lucie 210 $41,610
Tallahassee 210 $52,350
Vero Beach 140 $33,960
Sebastian 140 $33,960
Gainesville 100 $24,740
Panama City 100 $36,860
The Villages 90 $22,710
Punta Gorda 40 $30,210
Homosassa Springs 40 $42,660
Ocala N/A $34,010
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 7260 $37,230
Atlanta 7260 $37,230
Roswell 7260 $37,230
Savannah 430 $38,370
Macon 320 $35,120
Clarke County 310 $29,970
Athens 310 $29,970
Gainesville 200 $24,570
Valdosta 160 $27,350
Warner Robins 90 $35,080
Brunswick 80 $34,310
Hinesville 70 $26,200
Albany 70 $32,470
Rome 50 $37,690
Dalton 40 $27,780
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 170 $87,070
Lahaina 70 $56,670
Wailuku 70 $56,670
Kahului 70 $56,670
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 500 $40,660
Idaho Falls 80 $53,150
Coeur d'Alene 40 $27,870
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Champaign 110 $28,450
Urbana 110 $28,450
Peoria 60 $39,820
Springfield 50 N/A
Bloomington N/A $85,080
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Wayne 160 $43,860
West Lafayette 80 $24,600
Lafayette 80 $24,600
Terre Haute 50 $27,420
Goshen 40 $25,610
Elkhart 40 $25,610
Bloomington N/A $29,250
Carmel N/A $50,330
Indianapolis N/A $50,330
Anderson N/A $50,330
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 330 $37,730
Des Moines 330 $37,730
Cedar Rapids 170 $42,620
Cedar Falls 100 $43,570
Waterloo 100 $43,570
Ames 80 $48,780
Iowa City 40 $44,880
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 40 $31,010
Lawrence 30 $28,720
Wichita N/A $24,070
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 320 $39,030
Lexington 320 $39,030
Fort Knox 120 $29,360
Elizabethtown 120 $29,360
Bowling Green 50 $30,070
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 540 $28,920
New Orleans 540 $28,920
Baton Rouge 200 $53,810
Bossier City 140 $32,430
Shreveport 140 $32,430
Lafayette 100 $46,450
Alexandria 60 $52,600
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 120 $48,060
Portland 120 $48,060
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1130 $45,330
Columbia 1130 $45,330
Baltimore 1130 $45,330
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town N/A $141,340
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1200 $36,300
Warren 1200 $36,300
Detroit 1200 $36,300
Grand Rapids 300 $47,370
Wyoming 300 $47,370
Lansing 260 $36,720
East Lansing 260 $36,720
Ann Arbor 170 $45,920
Portage 160 $36,910
Kalamazoo 160 $36,910
Flint 40 $30,170
Benton Harbor N/A $44,000
Niles N/A $44,000
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 40 $43,290
North Mankato N/A $27,820
Mankato N/A $27,820
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 300 $47,710
Pascagoula 100 $38,100
Biloxi 100 $38,100
Gulfport 100 $38,100
Hattiesburg 70 $28,060
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 180 $28,890
Columbia 130 $22,650
Joplin N/A $34,770
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 110 $53,420
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 140 $44,070
Grand Island 30 $41,240
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1390 $45,440
Henderson 1390 $45,440
Las Vegas 1390 $45,440
Reno 110 $67,220
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 40 $39,170
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 150 $42,290
Hammonton 50 N/A
Atlantic City 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 360 $39,820
Las Cruces 70 $41,620
Farmington 50 $49,450
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 300 $53,980
Niagara Falls 200 $47,390
Buffalo 200 $47,390
Cheektowaga 200 $47,390
Syracuse 160 $63,170
Schenectady 150 $78,590
Troy 150 $78,590
Albany 150 $78,590
Kingston N/A $58,670
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1150 $45,800
Greensboro 330 $29,470
High Point 330 $29,470
Wilmington 290 N/A
Salem 250 N/A
Winston 250 N/A
Asheville 230 $53,660
Fayetteville 190 $46,150
Chapel Hill 140 $41,540
Durham 140 $41,540
Greenville 80 $28,320
Jacksonville 70 $29,000
Hickory 50 $28,630
Morganton 50 $28,630
Lenoir 50 $28,630
New Bern 40 $39,610
Burlington 30 $32,300
Goldsboro 30 $44,900
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 70 $57,120
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1960 $31,190
Elyria 1640 $28,210
Cleveland 1640 $28,210
Dayton 620 $29,350
Akron 400 $42,480
Toledo 280 $34,570
Canton 150 N/A
Massillon 150 N/A
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1560 $40,890
Tulsa 1110 $54,770
Lawton 150 $31,300
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 120 $35,110
Redmond N/A $46,400
Bend N/A $46,400
Salem N/A $47,790
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1960 $55,440
Carlisle 290 $37,900
Harrisburg 290 $37,900
Lancaster 250 $39,650
York 140 $31,500
Hanover 140 $31,500
Erie 130 $43,710
Reading 120 $44,400
State College 110 $36,860
Wilkes 100 $46,970
Scranton 100 $46,970
Hazleton 100 $46,970
Barre 100 $46,970
Chambersburg 40 $34,940
Waynesboro 40 $34,940
East Stroudsburg 40 $36,280
Johnstown 40 $36,380
Lebanon N/A $45,840
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 480 $70,430
Carolina 480 $70,430
San Juan 480 $70,430
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 970 $45,040
North Charleston 970 $45,040
Columbia 770 $34,360
Mauldin 690 $34,880
Anderson 690 $34,880
Greenville 690 $34,880
Beaufort 360 $46,070
Bluffton 360 $46,070
Hilton Head Island 360 $46,070
Florence 100 $30,620
Spartanburg 100 $38,860
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 70 $48,270
Sioux Falls 60 $64,090
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 460 $45,290
Murfreesboro 460 $45,290
Davidson 460 $45,290
Nashville 460 $45,290
Knoxville 160 $28,980
Johnson City 60 $47,470
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 5680 $45,850
Houston 5680 $45,850
Sugar Land 5680 $45,850
Arlington 4320 $41,420
Dallas 4320 $41,420
Fort Worth 4320 $41,420
Round Rock 1710 $58,930
Austin 1710 $58,930
San Antonio 1110 $49,660
New Braunfels 1110 $49,660
El Paso 500 $31,010
Port Arthur 420 N/A
Beaumont 420 N/A
Midland 340 $86,200
Lubbock 150 $44,760
Corpus Christi 140 N/A
Killeen 130 $27,500
Temple 130 $27,500
Bryan 130 $42,810
College Station 130 $42,810
Waco 120 $36,120
Tyler 120 $59,630
Longview 80 $32,540
Laredo 70 $23,970
Wichita Falls 60 $22,890
Amarillo 60 $63,460
McAllen 50 N/A
Edinburg 50 N/A
Mission 50 N/A
San Angelo 30 $36,320
Sherman N/A $33,420
Denison N/A $33,420
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 900 $45,440
Clearfield 420 $36,820
Ogden 420 $36,820
Orem 230 $35,680
Provo 230 $35,680
St. George N/A $36,680
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington N/A $69,510
Burlington N/A $69,510
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1020 $48,340
Charlottesville 290 $45,450
Lynchburg 220 $31,580
Roanoke 190 $66,630
Radford 100 $48,660
Blacksburg 100 $48,660
Christiansburg 100 $48,660
Harrisonburg 90 $37,450
Waynesboro 40 $67,090
Staunton 40 $67,090
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 5080 $48,710
Seattle 5080 $48,710
Bellevue 5080 $48,710
Spokane 370 $41,220
Spokane Valley 370 $41,220
Tumwater 330 $61,010
Olympia 330 $61,010
Bellingham 210 $55,900
Silverdale 170 $37,620
Bremerton 170 $37,620
Kennewick 140 $36,900
Richland 140 $36,900
Yakima 110 $39,350
Wenatchee 90 $51,520
Walla Walla 70 $77,140
Longview 60 $30,100
Mount Vernon 50 $36,060
Anacortes 50 $36,060
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 30 $36,280
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 380 $40,250
Waukesha 380 $40,250
West Allis 380 $40,250
Madison 280 $40,770
Appleton 160 $30,990
Green Bay 70 N/A
Janesville 60 $48,420
Beloit 60 $48,420

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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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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