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Land Agent

Land Agent

Land Agent


Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society 

Overview: If you're interested in a career with a lot of responsibility, a career in which you get to utilize your negotiation skills, and a career involving finding new opportunities to conduct real estate related business, then you might be well suited for this field. Land agents are responsible for the negotiation and acquisition of land for rights of way for commercial and industrial purposes, such as developing well sites, pipelines, power lines, coal mines, roadways and other similar uses. Some duties may include: May provide testimony before regulatory boardsIdentify and evaluate property disposition and acquisition opportunitiesAct as public affairs liaison in communities on behalf of their employerPrepare reportsCoordinate land reclamation activitiesNegotiate agreements related to road useAssess and settle any damagesMaintain the land inventory of the employing municipalityRespond to provincial/state and federal agencies' referrals regarding mine permits, government tenures and foreshore leasesAssess wildlife protection, hazardous waste disposal and related environmental controls written into agreementsAcquire freehold surface mineral leases and easement agreementsIn order to become a land agent, you may need to obtain a license depending on the province or state you plan to operate within. Contact your provincial or state real estate board to find out more information regarding licensure and applicable programs. 

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Human Geographers, Environmental Geographers 

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, Human Geography, Regional Geography 

Skills: Communications, Environmental Management 

Occupation Group: Business and Financial & Sales

Learn more about Land Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/purchasing-managers-buyers-and-purchasing-agents.htm


Written by Christopher Hinojosa