Assessors and Appraisers

Assessors and appraisers collect and interpret data to make judgments about the value, quality, and use of property. Assessors are government officials who evaluate property for the express purpose of determining how much the real estate owner should pay the city or county government in property taxes. Appraisers evaluate the market value of property to help people make decisions about purchases, sales, investments, mortgages, or loans. Rural districts or small towns may have only a few assessors, while large cities or urban counties may have several hundred. Appraisers are especially in demand in large cities but also work in smaller communities. There are approximately 60,210 real estate assessors and appraisers employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Evaluate property to determine how much the real estate owner should pay the city or county government in property taxes (assessors); evaluate the market value of property to help people make decisions about purchases, sales, investments, mortgages, or loans (appraisers)
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) The best opportunities are available in urban areas, although jobs can be found throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Previous experience in the real estate industry will be helpful for aspiring assessors and appraisers
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Realistic
  • Social
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Appraisal Coordinator/Manager or Self Employed
  • Appraiser
  • Appraiser Trainee

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