USNews.com posted an article: Best Jobs 2012: Real Estate Agent as one of the Best Jobs of 2012, and that this profession should see significant growth over the next decade.
The article goes on to state in the following excerpts that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 12.2 percent employment growth for real estate agents between 2010 and 2020, which is slightly faster than average. An additional 45,000 jobs will need to be filled within that time period.
According to the Labor Department, the median annual salary for a real estate agent was $40,030 in 2010. The best-paid 10 percent made around $95,220, while the lowest-paid earned roughly $20,460 in that year. The field’s best-compensated usually work with agencies, brokerages, and other insurance-related activities, with wired telecommunications carriers, or with natural gas distribution. The highest paid in the industry work in Wilmington, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y., or the Bridgeport, Conn., metropolitan area.