Real Estate Agent

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Job Description

Real estate brokers operate their own real estate office or work for another commercial real estate firm. They oversee real estate transactions. Other duties usually include selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans for purchasers. A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade group in the country. REALTORS® are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics. Some REALTORS® are brokers, while some are agents.

Job Tasks

  • Manage or operate real estate offices, handling associated business details.
  • Sell, for a fee, real estate owned by others.
  • Obtain agreements from property owners to place properties for sale with real estate firms.
  • Act as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers over property prices and settlement details and during the closing of sales.
  • Generate lists of properties for sale, their locations, descriptions, and available financing options, using computers.

Annual Salary

  • Workers on average earn $68,850 in Massachusetts.
  • 10% of workers earn $46,630 or less.
  • 10% of workers earn $208,000+ or more.

Required Education

High school diploma/GED, License

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Lexi Winter

Realtor & Owner

I’ve always known I was a people person. After graduating college with degrees in sociology and business management I tended bar where I met new people every day. It finally struck me that people were my real passion! I pursued my real estate license, and I’ve never looked back. It doesn’t take a college degree to become a realtor, but it does require lots of hard work and long hours. The payoff can be great though. Today I have my own business helping my clients buy and sell real estate. On a given day I may be having initial client meetings, staging a house, taking photographs, or attending appraisals and home inspections. The best part? I am my own boss. I make my own hours. The downside? Real estate earnings are based on commission, so if you don’t hustle you bring in zero income. But if you enjoy people, and you’re willing to work hard, this is a great profession. I love it!

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Public Relations Specialist

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Job Description

Promote or create an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media. May specialize in using social media.

Other Job Titles

Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications Specialist, Media Relations Specialist, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Information Officer, Public Information Specialist, Public Relations Coordinator (PR Coordinator), Public Relations Specialist (PR Specialist)

Job Tasks

  • Respond to requests for information from the media or designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source.
  • Write press releases or other media communications to promote clients.
  • Establish or maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, or public interest groups.
  • Plan or direct development or communication of programs to maintain favorable public or stockholder perceptions of an organization’s accomplishments, agenda, or environmental responsibility.
  • Study the objectives, promotional policies, or needs of organizations to develop public relations strategies that will influence public opinion or promote ideas, products, or services.

Annual Salary

  • Workers on average earn $31.98/hr. $66,510 annually.
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029)- Faster than Average (5% to 7%)
  • Projected Job Openings (2019-2029)- 27,100

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Resources

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Market Research Analyst

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Job Description

Research conditions in local, regional, national, or online markets. Gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or plan a marketing or advertising campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. May employ search marketing tactics, analyze web metrics, and develop recommendations to increase search engine ranking and visibility to target markets.

Other Job Titles

Business Development Specialist, Communications Specialist, Demographic Analyst, Market Analyst, Market Research Analyst, Market Research Consultant, Market Research Specialist, Market Researcher

Job Tasks

  • Prepare reports of findings, illustrating data graphically and translating complex findings into written text.
  • Collect and analyze data on customer demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits to identify potential markets and factors affecting product demand.
  • Conduct research on consumer opinions and marketing strategies, collaborating with marketing professionals, statisticians, pollsters, and other professionals.
  • Measure and assess customer and employee satisfaction.
  • Devise and evaluate methods and procedures for collecting data, such as surveys, opinion polls, or questionnaires, or arrange to obtain existing data.

Annual Salary

  • Workers on average earn $32.52/hr. $67,630 annually.
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029)- Much Faster than Average (8% or Higher)
  • Projected Job Openings (2019-2029)- 84,200

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree

Resources

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The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government’s premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations.

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