Why Work in Real Estate?

A career in real estate

As a career, real estate really is what you make it. There are so many different kinds of real estate careers, from residential to commercial, business broking and buyers agent – just to name a few. We often hear that real estate professionals enjoy the flexibility and lifestyle this profession can provide.

Check out a few more of the benefits of a real estate career below:

The benefits of a real estate career

No degree required!

Unlike other professions, you don’t need to study for three years plus at university to get started. With the REIQ’s online study options and scheduled classes, you can start any time and complete at your own pace.


Once you have your qualifications there are a variety of career paths to explore, including real estate salesperson, property manager, corporate support, principal or business owner and auctioneer, plus many more!

Hard work is rewarded

If you’re working as a salesperson or business owner, the harder you work and the better service you provide generally means the more you can earn! With a great attitude, good work ethic, and the right skills and tools there’s no ceiling to your potential earnings.

Your job is portable!

Real estate professionals live and work all over Queensland. Thinking of a sea change? You’re very likely to find real estate businesses there, or you can start your own!

Be your own boss, or work for someone else

If independence appeals to you – with a Real Estate Agent Licence you can open your own business, whether it’s a large agency with a number of employees working out of a shopfront, or just yourself working from home. If you’d prefer to work for someone else there are also plenty of opportunities to do just that.

Hard work is rewarded

Real estate offers flexible hours so you enjoy a rewarding career and work life balance.

Changing careers?

Real estate offers people of all ages and from all walks of life the opportunity to embark on highly successful careers. Your career so far may have helped you cultivate skills and experience that will benefit you in the real estate profession, including potentially:

Business skills – Business skills held by those people with a financial or small business background are very valuable in real estate

Trade skills – Practical knowledge gained while working in a trade (particularly a building or property-related trade) are also useful

Sales skills – Sales skills are transferable from other industries and can be applied across many aspects of the real estate profession

Admin and planning skills – Planning and administration skills from office and corporate work will stand you in good stead in real estate

Service and communication skills – Customer service and communication skills from retail and hospitality work are also easily applied in real estate and very helpful!

Community – You may have built networks (and therefore a potential future customer base) as a result of being involved in local community groups, sporting teams, school ‘parents and friends’ groups – the list goes on!

Buying and selling property – Experience gained during your own property rental and purchase activities throughout your life may also provide valuable insight into real estate customer needs

Starting in real estate as your first career has many benefits

You can be successful in real estate at any age and with varying amounts of experience. It is a profession that rewards hard work, talent and persistence. Some of Queensland’s most successful real estate business owners (such as Jean Brown and Haesley Cush) started straight out of school. Here are four reasons it’s a great idea to start in real estate straight as a first career:

Start earning while you’re learning!

Most of our students are already working (many of them in real estate businesses) which is why we offer a variety of flexible options for study that you can fit it in around your day job.

No degree required!

Unlike other professions, you don’t need to study for three years plus at University to get started. And with a price tag starting at $900, it’s a lot more affordable than Uni too.

One course = many opportunities!

Once you have your qualifications (either registration or licence), there are a variety of career paths to explore including sales agent, property manager, corporate support, principal or business owner and auctioneer plus many more.

Learn valuable, portable skills!

Real estate gives you the chance to lean skills that are valuable across many different careers such as negotiation, teamwork, sales and administration – the list goes on!

Real Estate Career Paths

Real estate offers such a wide variety of roles that if you identify something you enjoy, chances are you can find it here!

For example, Property Management calls on your organisational ability, communication skills and attention to detail. Real estate sales may suit a good communicator with excellent customer service skills who can work autonomously. Business broking may appeal to someone financially literate who enjoys negotiation.

There are so many different opportunities, including commercial real estate, buyer’s agency, business ownership, residential letting and auctioneering to name just a few. There’s something for everyone! If you’ve got a real estate career in mind, we can find you the right course. Simply contact us or check out a few of the options below.

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I recently completed my Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice - Full License and I couldn't be more satisfied with the experience. One of the standout features was the lightning-fast assessment reviews, which allowed me to progress efficiently. The course content was top-notch, offering a wealth of valuable resources for students. The material was well-structured, making it easy to follow and absorb. Our facilitator, Kellie Blanch, was exceptional, weaving real-life experiences into the lessons as insightful examples. The user-friendly student platform made navigating the course a breeze. Overall, the high quality of this course made it a truly enriching and rewarding journey.
Kristy Tyne
Kristy Tyne
12 Feb 2024
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Portal very easy to access, prompt marking of assessments, easy to understand content. Overall a fantastic experience getting the attainment I needed to start my new career. I would recommend this course!
Erin Manderson
Erin Manderson
06 Dec 2023
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I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The resource material was well set out, well written and it was easy to refer back to the topics when doing the assessments. The Assessment questions were also well written and it was easy to refer back to the resources to find the answers. The information is relevant and will be a valuable resource to use when starting in the real Estate Industry.
Cavell Cooper
Cavell Cooper
27 Nov 2023
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There is a reason the REIQ is our peak industry body and their training is exactly as you’d expect. Completing the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice - Full Licence was daunting when the number of modules came up, but one by one, working through their easy to read Learner Guides, they were completed and submitted. Completing the training after hours created some reflective ‘how did I get this answer’ moments but the helpful advice and support of the assessors pointed me in the right direction. If you’re thinking that you’d like to know more about the industry, thinking of making the jump to agency ownership or you’d someone who wants to know more (in general) than I would encourage you to not wait the 14 years I did to complete the course. The easy learn process has given me more confidence in every day business to know I’m completing the process right for my business and my clients. Take the leap, you’ve got nothing to loose and no one ever said, they wish they had learnt less. Go on, learn more.

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