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Assessors

Appraise real and personal property to determine its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.   (O'Net 13-2021.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Real Estate Appraiser, Real Estate Assessor, Real Property Appraiser, Real Property Evaluator, Residential Appraiser, Tangible Personal Property Appraiser   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate which includes:
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2013
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.94   $ 13.72   $ 20.43   $ 25.82   $ 36.57   $ 22.23  
    Yearly $22,760   $28,540   $42,480   $53,720   $76,050   $46,240  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 16.22   $ 20.07   $ 25.15   $ 39.37   $ 55.35   $ 30.54  
    Yearly $33,730   $41,750   $52,310   $81,880   $115,120   $63,510  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.57   $ 12.60   $ 13.95   $ 16.45   $ 26.91   $ 17.05  
    Yearly $21,980   $26,220   $29,010   $34,230   $55,980   $35,470  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.51   $ 13.88   $ 20.86   $ 23.42   $ 27.75   $ 19.79  
    Yearly $21,850   $28,860   $43,400   $48,720   $57,730   $41,160  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    Note: Area estimates based on 2005 definitions from 2000 Census. New 2015 area-defined estimates, from 2010 Census, released in 2016.
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2014.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate which includes:
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2012 2022
    Vermont 407 437 0.7% 7
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 113 123 0.9% 2
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 159 171 0.7% 2
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 137 147 0.7% 2
    Note: Area estimates based on 2005 definitions from 2000 Census. New 2015 area-defined estimates, from 2010 Census, released in 2016.
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2014, area estimates released October 2014.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate which includes:
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total Employment, All Jobs 407 100%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 213 52%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs and 213 52%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, Primary Job 213 52%
    Unclassified 213 52%
    Services-Providing 194 48%
    Government 177 43%
    Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals 143 35%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2014.
     


    Tasks
    for Assessors
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  • 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 new construction and major improvements to existing structures to determine values.
     
  • Explain assessed values to property owners and defend appealed assessments at public hearings.
     
  • Inspect properties, considering factors such as market value, location, and building or replacement costs to determine appraisal value.
     
  • Prepare and maintain current data on each parcel assessed, including maps of boundaries, inventories of land and structures, property characteristics, and any applicable exemptions.
     
  • Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.
     
  • Conduct regular reviews of property within jurisdictions to determine changes in property due to construction or demolition.
     
  • Complete and maintain assessment rolls that show the assessed values and status of all property in a municipality.
     
  • Issue notices of assessments and taxes.
     
  • Review information about transfers of property to ensure its accuracy, checking basic information on buyers, sellers, and sales prices and making corrections as necessary.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated December 2004
     


    Knowledge
    for Assessors
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated December 2004
     


    Skills
    for Assessors
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  • 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.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated December 2004
     


    Abilities
    for Assessors
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated December 2004
     


    Work Activities
    for Assessors
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated December 2004
     


    Interests
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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated December 2004
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Assessors
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors  updated December 2004
     


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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Assessors 
     

     
     
     
    Vermont.gov State of Vermont Department of Labor