How to Get into Real Estate


Saurabh writes:
I am an 20-year-old graduate wanting to take up real estate as my career. I am really interested in this field but lack the primary information in real estate.
I need information like:-

  1. Pre-requisites.
  2. Future scope.
  3. Legalities.
  4. Needed knowledge or skills.

I would appreciate if you would reply me with some sites that explain such basic information.


The Career Doctor responds:
According to several sources there are more than five million people in the United States employed in identifiable real-estate fields such as title insurance construction mortgage banking property management real estate appraisals brokerage and leasing and real-estate development.
Where should all job-seekers begin their quests for information about specific careers? Your immediate answer should be the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(You can search it directly from this page on Quintessential Careers.) The Handbook provides lots of information (job descriptions nature of work training/education required salaries future demand etc.) for “Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents” and “Property Real Estate and Community Association Managers” — depending on your specific interests within the real estate field.
Another great source for you as you begin your quest is from the College of Business at Ohio State University. Go to their Careers in Real Estate: Is Real Estate for You? This site has an amazing collection of information and resources including skills and requirements key job areas facts and trends salaries and offline and online resources.