Title Searchers and Examiners

Title searchers and examiners conduct searches of public records to determine the legal chain of ownership for a piece of real estate. Searchers compile lists of mortgages, deeds, contracts, judgments, and other items pertaining to a property title. Examiners determine a property title's legal status, abstract recorded documents (mortgages, deeds, contracts, and so forth), and sometimes prepare and issue policy guaranteeing a title's legality. There are about 53,640 title searchers, examiners, and abstractors working in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Compile lists of mortgages, deeds, contracts, and other items pertaining to a property title (title searcher); determine a property title’s legal status and abstract recorded documents (title examiner)
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Internship or part-time experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Department Supervisor or Senior Title Searcher/Examiner
  • Title Examiner
  • Title Searcher
  • Trainee

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