Are you trying to figure out which career path to take?

Are you looking for a change from what you are currently doing?

Have a head for figures and math?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you probably want to dive into the world of banking or real estate.

Both can offer a fantastic source of income as well as control over your work day.

Here are 5 career options to keep an eye out for:

1 & 2. Mortgage Loan Officer or Loan Officer

Mortgage loan officer and a loan officer are two types of careers that will be around for a very long time.

People will always need loans.

Mortgage loan officers typically work in banks, credit unions, and mortgage companies and specialize in mortgages only. Loan officers have a little more flexibility in that they can work with all sorts of loans and can work for banks, credit unions, loan companies, and car dealerships.

Both careers are looking for people with great management skills when dealing with heavy loads of paperwork and excellent people skills. A high school diploma may be all you need. However, if you choose to get into commercial loans, a Bachelor’s degree will be necessary, preferably finance related.

3. Real Estate Agents

Real estate agents are another safe career choice.

There are two types of work involved.

A listing agent helps people sell their homes and a buying agent helps people purchase their home. Often an agent can work both ends of the deal and at the same time. You can work for a real estate company or start your own (and even start your own later!).

You will need excellent people skills, be a salesman, and have a real interest in helping people achieve their dreams.

Schooling with a state accredited real estate school in your area will be necessary. Many offer job placements once you graduate.

4. Home Inspector

Home inspectors are an important element to the home buying experience.

You certainly don’t want to buy a home completely unaware of repairs that will be needed.

Home inspectors routinely check for structural weakness and/or damage, plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning, and heating. Training and certification will be based on your state laws. However, it’s recommended that you get certified as to lend yourself more credibility, regardless of your state requirements.

This is a fantastic career for those who want to work on their own rather than for a corporation.

5. Real Estate Appraiser

Real estate appraisers are a fantastic position for those that love evaluating and researching value.

Usually hired by the loan company, they set out to review the property’s exterior, interior, and layout of the land. They also apply value to amenities, things not standard with a home such as a pool or finished basement. Check with your state to learn education and certification requirements. If your state does not require certification, consider joining The Appraisal Foundation to lend yourself some credibility.

In the arena of finance and real estate, the possibilities to finding a career that will fulfill you and allow you to be the boss, are endless.

Consider your own experiences and passions and settle into the training you need. Your community needs you!