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Also called: Appraiser, Assessor, Commercial Appraiser, Residential Appraiser

What they do:
Appraise real and personal property to determine its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • a la mode WinTOTAL
  • Manatron ProVal Plus
Data base user interface and query software
  • Ascend Property Assessment
  • eTrac software
Financial analysis software
  • HomeValue Plus software
  • RealData Comparative Lease Analysis


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
some college
usually needed

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