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1,498 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,121 Master's Degrees Annually
#20 in Popularity
$61,870 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Real Estate Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many real estate graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 2,414
Bachelor’s Degree 1,498
Master’s Degree 1,121
Associate’s Degree 365
Undergraduate Certificate 237
Graduate Certificate 65

What Real Estate Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to real estate were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Real Estate Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Real Estate Majors

When studying real estate, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Real Estate Majors

Real Estate majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Real Estate Major?

People with a real estate degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Appraisers, Real Estate 14.4% $54,980
Assessors 14.4% $54,980
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 10.3% $58,340
Real Estate Brokers 4.9% $58,210
Real Estate Sales Agents 5.8% $48,690

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate?

1,498 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
28% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen business majors. It is the 20th most popular in the country with 1,498 students graduating with a bachelor’s in real estate in 2019. This major attracts more men than women. About 72% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of real estate majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Real Estate Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 64
Black or African American 77
Hispanic or Latino 182
White 1,040
International Students 57
Other Races/Ethnicities 78

Geographic Diversity

Real Estate appeals to people across the globe. About 3.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Thailand

How Much Do Real Estate Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that real estate students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $47,600 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $43,750 (25th percentile) and $49,675 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to real estate.

Salaries According to BLS

Real Estate majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $61,720 to $71,730 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with real estate require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to real estate have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 21.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 8.3%
Some College Courses 15.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 31.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.6%
Master’s Degree 1.8%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.7%

Online Real Estate Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 228 schools offered some type of real estate program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 125 20
Certificate (1-2 years) 42 5
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 100 9
Bachelor’s Degree 17 2
Post-Baccalaureate 125 20
Master’s Degree 37 6
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Real Estate Worth It?

The median salary for a real estate grad is $61,870 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 55% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $439,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to real estate.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,483
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Construction Management 3,664
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Business/Corporate Communications 968
Telecommunications Management 71

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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