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 54,620 title searchers, examiners, and abstractors working in the United States.

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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 $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Government
Experience Internship or part-time experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Technical
Skills
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Department Supervisor or Senior Title Searcher/Examiner
  • Title Examiner
  • Title Searcher
  • Trainee

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