I don't know how many of you have followed the many articles dealing with aging in the modern workforce. Maybe it's a non-issue for some of you for reasons that I will share later.
There's an excellent article from the Harvard Business Review titled "How Do We Combat Ageism? By Valuing Wisdom as Much as Youth" Its author, Chip Conley, states "Although the Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 prohibits discrimination against people 40 and older, a recent survey by AARP showed that two-thirds of workers between the ages of 45 and 74 said they have seen or experienced ageism."
Although we've celebrated the world wide web's 30th birthday recently, the average tech worker was unlikely to have had any experience using the early Internet. Either they weren't born yet or were still trying to master the toddler environment:
Median age of employees working at selected tech and online companies as of April 2016. (Source: Statistic.com)
I work in real estate. Some would say that we have been slow to adopt technology while others have celebrated how we've embraced technology, making it possible to know more about a home before you actually step foot inside.
Also, the average person who practices real estate probably remembers the birth of the Internet.They were likely old enough to vote, go to war, or raise a glass to the invention.
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
Real estate brokers and sales agents: 48.9
Property, real estate, and community association managers: 49.8
Appraisers and assessors of real estate: 51.4
So... if you are a person visiting this place to find a real estate professional you've probably noticed something. As you look at the faces on ActiveRain you may wonder if we're a bit on the autumn side of life. It's probably because we're the typical faces of the industry.
If, however you're a newcomer who comes to this site to participate as a member of the industry, welcome! We all were all new at one point. Hang around this place. Profit from the experience of those who have done a deal or two. Also, share your observations; you'll find that we tend to be a group who is forever interested in learning from those whose experience will enhance our own.
Bonus Statistic- Although this post has been about age, let's also discuss gender. According to the latest statistics from the National Association of Realtors, the average real estate agent is more likely to be female (63%).
Chuck Willman helps people buy and sell real estate in the state of Utah.
Photo by Pascal Habermann on Unsplash
Kimo Jarrett - Yes, it's a lot to unpack, and it's impossible to attribute all the factors at play to specific potential performance. I just noticed that ActiveRain doesn't look like other social media platforms. Yet, it's members do line up with the industry norm.