Real estate agents and salespersons (NOC 6232)

About this job

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Real estate agents and salespersons:

  • act as agents for the sale or purchase of houses, apartments, commercial buildings, land and other real estate
  • work in the real estate industry
Common job titles
  • real estate agent / broker / dealer
  • real estate agent supervisor
  • realtor
  • salesperson, new home
  • real estate agent / broker / dealer
  • real estate agent supervisor
  • realtor
  • salesperson, new home

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$43,350

Source: 2011 National Household Survey (Full-time full-year median employment income)

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Real estate agents and salespersons:

  • solicit property sales listings from prospective vendors
  • help vendors sell property by establishing asking price, advertising the property, listing the property and conducting open houses for prospective buyers
  • help prospective buyers in selecting, visiting, inspecting and making offers of purchase on real estate properties
  • advise clients on market conditions, prices, mortgages, legal requirements and related matters
  • draw up sales agreements for approval of purchaser and seller
  • rent or lease properties on behalf of clients

Special duties

Real estate agents and salespersons may specialize in residential, commercial, industrial/institutional or rural real estate sales.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional office setting, with time spent outdoors when going to properties.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a real estate training course is required.
  • Provincial or territorial licensure in the province or territory of employment is required.

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

Skills

  • Detail-Oriented
  • Directive
  • Numerical Ability
  • Social
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Real Estate

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
120
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
30
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
170
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
70
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
4,550
Average annual employment growth:
2.2%
Expected number of job openings:
2,530
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
640
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
250
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
820
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
360

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Real estate agents and salespersons normally work on a commission basis.

Real estate agents may operate independently by obtaining a broker’s licence in accordance with the regulations of the province of employment. A broker’s licence is required to become a manager in real estate.

Additional resources