What is Commercial Real Estate?

By definition, commercial real estate is any property owned to produce income. It includes office, industrial, retail, mixed-use, medical office, entertainment and educational facilities, but not residential housing. It also includes vacant land that will eventually be leased or developed.

Ask anyone working commercial real estate and they’ll tell you it’s a nonstop, exhilarating, evolving, dynamic and rewarding industry!

Visit the NAIOP Terms and Definitions Glossary for detailed descriptions of property types, development terms, building material definitions, lease and transaction terminology and more.


Careers in Commercial Real Estate



Commercial real estate comprises a variety of professionals and expertise.

NAIOP is a member of Careers Building Communities, a strategic collaboration of 29 real estate-related organizations focused on raising awareness and attracting diverse talent to the many careers available across the built environment.

Visit the Careers Building Communities site to learn about career paths across all sectors of real estate. Students in high school, college, technical programs and community colleges can explore possible career pathways within real estate by taking an interactive quiz and discovering career opportunities.

Job Opportunities

NAIOP Career Center is powered by SelectLeaders – the industry’s top resource for job postings and career-related resources – where you can find your next position or hire qualified industry professionals for your company.

What's in the NAIOP Career Center:

  • Current openings in real estate positions across the nation. Filter by role, location, field, industry sector and job function.    
  • Real estate job alerts can ping you when a job is posted that meats your criteria.
  • Career resources, including resume tips, hiring trends surveys, salary resources and more.
  • Post a job opening and reach unparalleled talent from 12 real estate exclusive sites. You'll pay one price to have your job posted across the CRE industry.

Create an account on SelectLeaders for unlimited access to commercial real estate career resources!


Why I Choose NAIOP for CRE Education

Leander Johnson, vice president for brokerage and investments at Koa Partners, shares his experience taking NAIOP’s courses, including some of the key concepts he’s learned and how he’s been able to apply the knowledge and skills he’s gained in his professional career.

Visit the NAIOP Center for Education