Q: I have always had a great interest in being a real estate agent or working in the real estate field. Where can I get the best training for this career?

A: Being a real estate agent can be a great career, if you’re willing to put in the time to really learn your stuff.

Education-wise, your state will require you to take a state-approved licensing course. You’ll then have to sit for your state license. Next, you’ll have to get a job with a broker who can hold your license for you.

What you should try to do is get one of the top firms in town to hire you. You should also try to get hired as an assistant for one of the best agents in the firm. There’s no better way to learn about the business than watching a master up close.

After a year or two of working for a top agent, you’ll probably be ready to start fielding your own clients. Good luck.

Jan. 19, 2009.