Real Estate Developers

Real estate developers envision, organize, and execute construction or renovation projects for commercial or private use. This process involves negotiations with property owners, real estate agents, investors, lending institutions such as banks and insurance companies, architects, lawyers, general contractors, government officials, and other interested parties. Developers may work independently as consultants or in partnership with other professionals involved in real estate development.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Real Estate Entrepreneurs
Duties Develop land for residential or commercial use; negotiate with property owners, real estate agents, investors, and lending institutions; oversee finance and project planning; hire and manage contractors and other workers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) The best opportunities are available in urban areas, although jobs can be found throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Experience as an assistant highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Business Management
  • Financial
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Developer of Large Properties
  • Developer
  • Developer Trainee or Assistant

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