Despite the economic downturn and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of U.S. workers are choosing to quit their jobs—with a record 4 million people quitting in April alone, according to Labor Department statistics. “As pandemic life recedes in the U.S., people are leaving their jobs in search of more money, more flexibility and more happiness,” reports NPR. Here’s why a career in real estate appraisal might just fit the bill.
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Appraisal career benefits align with post-pandemic wants and needs
According to the NPR story, some of the big things that post-pandemic workers are seeking include a higher income, flexible working hours, the ability to work remotely or in a safer work environment, better work-life balance, and, in general, a more fulfilling career. Depending on your individual needs and interests, an appraisal career could potentially check off all of these boxes and more.
Real estate appraisers are reportedly 25% more satisfied in their careers, on average, compared to American workers across all professions. The top aspects of the job that appraisers report loving the most include:
- Being your own boss
- Having flexible working hours
- Earning a respectable income
- Maintaining a healthy work-life balance
- Doing challenging work
- Having diverse work opportunities
The freedom and flexibility that come with being a self-employed real estate appraiser are of paramount importance to many who join the profession, as well as the potential to earn a high income—with or without a college degree. Additionally, the appraisal profession offers low startup costs compared to other small businesses, which may be a big perk if you are in the process of switching careers.
Find out if an appraisal career is right for you
If you’re interested in pursuing an appraisal career, you probably want to know what it takes to achieve success in the industry and whether you’re a good fit for the appraisal profession. McKissock Learning offers several resources to help you determine whether an appraisal career is right for you:
- Appraisal Career Guide – Download for free.
- 2020-2021 Appraisal Income Guide – Download for free.
- 8 Characteristics of a Successful Real Estate Appraiser – Read now.
If you are organized, self-motivated, analytical, patient, flexible, tech-savvy, curious, and—most importantly—you have the ability to be unbiased and objective, you’d probably make an excellent real estate appraiser.