Assessors

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

Median Annual Wage: $52,570

Education: Associate's degree (33%); Some college, no degree (23%); Post-secondary certificate (21%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Appraiser; Real Property Appraiser; Assessor; Deputy Assessor; Tax Assessor; Residential Appraiser; Personal Property Appraiser; Commercial Appraiser; County Assessor; Field Appraiser

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  • 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.
  • Complete and maintain assessment rolls that show the assessed values and status of all property in a municipality.
  • Write and submit appraisal and tax reports for public record.
  • 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.
  • Conduct regular reviews of property within jurisdictions to determine changes in property due to construction or demolition.
  • Maintain familiarity with aspects of local real estate markets.
  • Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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