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About the Job

Appraise real and personal property to determine its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.

It is also Called

  • Agricultural Appraiser
  • Appraiser
  • Assessor
  • Auditor Appraiser
  • Certified General Mass Real Estate Appraiser
  • City Assessor
  • Commercial Appraiser
  • Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
  • County Assessor
  • County Tax Assessor

What They Do

  • Determine taxability and value of properties, using methods such as field inspection, structural measurement, calculation, sales analysis, market trend studies, and income and expense analysis.
  • Inspect properties, considering factors such as market value, location, and building or replacement costs to determine appraisal value.
  • Explain assessed values to property owners and defend appealed assessments at public hearings.
  • Prepare and maintain current data on each parcel assessed, including maps of boundaries, inventories of land and structures, property characteristics, and any applicable exemptions.
  • Establish uniform and equitable systems for assessing all classes and kinds of property.
  • Inspect new construction and major improvements to existing structures to determine values.
  • Write and submit appraisal and tax reports for public record.
  • Complete and maintain assessment rolls that show the assessed values and status of all property in a municipality.
  • Analyze trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents, to assess property values or determine the accuracy of assessments.
  • Review information about transfers of property to ensure its accuracy, checking basic information on buyers, sellers, and sales prices and making corrections as necessary.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CEI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $57,040 with most people making between $26,510 and $94,030

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 77,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 83,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 22,000 replacement openings for approximately 22,000 total annual openings.