The South Australian property services industry employs 26,700 people, which is 3.3% of the State’s workforce.

There are a significant number of people in the real estate and property management sector.

Most of the jobs are in the metropolitan areas.

Job openings for skilled workers


Interior Designer

Land Economist and Valuer

Real Estate Agent

Stock and Station Agent

Quick facts about this industry

  • More than half of the jobs in this industry are part-time.
  • Most workers do not have a qualification, but if you want to get ahead a qualification is highly recommended.
  • Slightly more women than men work in this industry.
  • People are generally older than those in other industries.
  • You need to be self-motivated and have high attention to detail.
  • Most real estate agents earn between $600 and $1,250 per week. Commercial cleaners earn between $400 and $800 per week. On average, auctioneers and stock and station agents earn between $1,500 and $2,000 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Property and surveying
  • Furnishing

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate II in Urban Pest Management
  • Certificate III in Cleaning Operations
  • Certificate IV in Cleaning Management
  • Certificate III – Diploma in Strata Community Management
  • Certificates II and III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
  • Certificate IV – Advanced Diploma in Surveying
  • Certificate IV and Diploma of Spatial Information Services

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Construction management
  • Finance
  • Geospatial science
  • Interior architecture
  • Applied Geographical Information Systems

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Those in the spatial information services are responsible for surveying and mapping the world and regions of space.

Land or property economists provide advice on administration, development and use of land and property such as office buildings, shopping centres, flats, factories, hotels, resorts and farms.

Real estate agents arrange the sale of properties on behalf of the owners, and a real estate property manager manages rental properties on behalf of the owners.

Cleaners use portable cleaning equipment to clean commercial, industrial and domestic premises, schools, construction sites, and industrial machinery and vehicles.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Commercial cleaner, domestic cleaner, handyperson, property manager, recycling and rubbish collector, regional and urban planner, strata managing agent or valuer.

Related industries for these occupations

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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