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Real Estate Management and Development Career Opportunities

The property management industry offers a breadth of career opportunities.

Drexel’s BSBA in Real Estate Management and Development graduates are prepared for career opportunities in acquisitions, land development, operations and facilities management, asset management, advertising and marketing and commercial lending. Furthermore, the curriculum offers courses that discuss and focus on specific asset types (e.g., office buildings, retail centers, industrial warehouse parks, multifamily apartments, student housing, privatized military housing, active adult living and affordable housing).

What Type of Job Skills Will You Gain From a Real Estate Degree?

An undergraduate real estate degree will provide you with the skills you need to achieve your career goals in many industries. An example of the skills this degree provides includes:

  • Sustainability in real estate
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate investment and asset management

What Can You Do with a Degree in Real Estate?

Drexel’s Real Estate Management and Development major encompasses foundation courses in real estate operations, management and development, including specialized courses in sustainability, asset management, finance and law. The major balances students’ need for critical thinking and business acumen skills by including core business, social sciences and humanities courses.

What is the Average Salary for a Real Estate Major?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for property, real estate and community association managers was $59,230 in 2021.

Career Growth Opportunities for Real Estate Majors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for property, real estate and community association managers is projected to grow 3% from 2020 to 2030, which is slightly below average for all occupations, though tends to fluctuate with market demands. Because of the projected increase in the elderly population, particularly good job opportunities are expected for those with experience managing retirement centers, age-restricted communities and healthcare facilities.

Find out more about the outlook for related fields such as lodging managers, real estate agents and brokers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Common Job Titles for Undergraduate Real Estate Management and Development Graduates

  • Appraiser or Assessor of Real Estate
  • Asset Manager
  • Community Association Manager
  • Director of Housing
  • Hotel Manager
  • Investment Counselor
  • Leasing Director
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Broker or Sales Agent
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Real Estate Manager
  • Real Estate Marketing Manager


  • Educational
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Real Estate

Professional Organizations

Continuing Education Opportunities

In the real estate and property management field, there are a number of certifications and designations professionals can pursue, including:

  • NAAEI Credentials - Various apartment management credentials and certifications are available, including Certified Apartment Manager, National Apartment Leasing Professional and Credential for Green Property Management, among others.
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member Designation - The CCIM designation is conferred upon commercial real estate leaders who have a proven record of success in the field and have demonstrated a mastery of financial, market and investment analysis.
  • Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager Designation - The CRB Designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual and office performance and designate real estate professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of brokerage management.

Many students also choose to continue their studies in graduate schools, pursuing such degrees as:

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Brandon Jacob

Associate Director, Undergraduate Career Services

(215) 895-1256

Gerri C. LeBow Hall 329