Powerful Geography
Real Estate Developer

Real Estate Developer

Real Estate Developer 

Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Human Geography 

Overview: There is no specific educational path you will need to take. In fact, many real estate developers make the transition into the career after working several years in other careers that each have their own educational path, such as engineering, urban planning, real estate sales, and other fields. Real estate developers oversee the purchase existing or undeveloped residential, commercial or industrial real estate, make improvements to any buildings on it or construct new buildings, and sell or lease the improved land or buildings for profit. During the process of real estate development, developers are responsible for buying land, negotiating with zoning officials for the purpose of being granted permits, and managing the labor that builds a commercial or residential project, all while overseeing the budget and sales teams. Some duties include: Liaise with contractors, realtors, engineers, designers, municipal government officials, architects, zoning inspectors, lawyers and other professionalsRecognize the development potential of specific tracts of landSelect site for commercial, residential or industrial developmentSecure adequate funding to develop tract of landConfer with architects, engineers and designers to establish the design and development plansConfer with zoning officials and realtors to ensure the land is zoned properlyHire contractors to execute the developmentNegotiate terms and costs with contractorsHire realtors to oversee the sale of the developed land. 

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

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Environmental Management 

Skills: Finance, Regional Real Estate Evaluation 

Occupation Group: Management

Learn more about Real Estate Developers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor:

Written by Christopher Hinojosa