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Strong Interest Inventory® Conventional Theme Code Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Learn about a career as a title examiner, abstractor, and searcher, including career stats such as media salary, daily tasks, required education, employment growth, and more!

Real Estate Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers are considered Conventional careers because these careers involve examining real estate documentation (e.g., agreements, contracts, mortgages, liens, and judgments) to verify properties’ ownership, legal restrictions, or descriptions. The minute details of these documents are very important as they can affect titles, determine property boundaries, or limit property use. Title Examiners may need to summarize these documents’ pertinent insurance or legal details for law firms, real estate agencies, title insurance companies, or other organizations. The content of their reports varies depending on the intended audience and the property in question. Possible topics may include descriptions of any title encumbrances they encounter, actions needed to clear titles, or lists of all legal instruments that apply to a specific land area and its occupying buildings. As they prepare their reports, they may need to contact company title plants, county surveyors, assessors’ offices, or other organizations to obtain maps or drawings delineating properties. They may also need to work with buyers, sellers, contractors, realtors, courthouse personnel, surveyors, and others to resolve problems or exchange title-related information.

Once all the legal concerns are resolved, Title Examiners prepare real estate closing documents and examine the relevant files for accuracy and compliance with regulations. They also assess any fees associated with document registration and prepare and issue title commitments and title insurance policies based on the information they compiled from title searches. During this process, they also need to verify the accuracy and completeness of all land-related documents that are being registered. For any documents that are deemed unacceptable, they may prepare rejection notices. Some Title Examiners have leadership or managerial responsibilities, which may include directing the activities of other workers who search records and examine titles (e.g., scheduling shifts, managing assignments, evaluating work, and providing technical guidance).

Successful Real Estate Title Examiners are comfortable using standard office software (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, E-mail, web browsers, Windows operating systems, smartphones, etc.) as well as customer relationship management (CRM) software (e.g., Salesforce), database user interface and query software (e.g., Data Trace Title IQ, First American Data Tree Parcel IQ), document management software (e.g., Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat), and geographic information system programs and databases. Different job postings have different educational requirements, depending on the specifics of that role. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics observes that some jobs require a high school diploma, some require a post-secondary certificate, and some require a Bachelor’s degree. Typically, Title Examiners and related careers do not require graduate or professional degrees.

The median salary for Title Examiners in the United States is $22.74 per hour, which comes to $47,310 annually. However, this salary distribution has a significant right tail, with the top 10% of Title Examiners earning over $70,000 per year. Moreover, salaries vary widely depending on geographic location. In California, for example, the median salary is $63,340, with the top 10% of Title Examiners earning nearly $100,000 per year. On the other hand, the median salary for Title Examiners working in cooler Real Estate markets such as Alabama and Idaho is closer to $38,000-$40,000. Employment statistics are also important when making career choices. Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 62,200 Title Examiners employed nationwide. However, this career is growing slower than average, with a projected growth of 1%-5% in the next decade. This growth trajectory is forecasted to add 6,100 job openings before 2030.

Below are some employment trends for Title Examiners:

  • Median Salary: $22.74 hourly, $47,310 annual
  • Employment: 62,200 employees
  • Projected growth (2020-2030): Slower than average (1% to 5%)
  • Projected job openings (2020-2030): 6,100
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2018-2028 employment projections]

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2018-2028 employment projections