We estimate that less than 1,000 people graduate from auction school (auction “college”) in an average year. There are schools all over the United States, and class sizes range from only a few to just over 100.
A survey last year noted that auctioneering was one of the 20 strangest college degress.
Others making the list included:
- Puppetry, University of Connecticut
- Professional nanny, Sullivan University in Kentucky
- Pop culture, Bowling Green State University
- Gunsmithing: Lassen Community College
- Fermentation sciences, Appalachian State University
- Canadian studies, Duke University
- Decision-making, Indiana University
- The Beatles, Liverpool Hope University
- Sex, San Franciso State University
- Auctioneering, Harrisburg Area Community College
- Cannabis cultivation, Oaksterdam University
- Floral management, Mississippi State University
- Turfgrass science, Penn State University
- Egyptology, Brown University
- Bowling industry management and technology, Vincennes University
- Ecogastronomy, University of New Hampshire
- Packaging, Michigan State University
- Theme park engineering, California State University Long Beach
- Comic art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Entertainment engineering and design, University of Nevada Las Vegas
We’ve written about the auction industry extensively. Those writings involving auction school include:
- Should I go to auction school? https://mikebrandlyauctioneer.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/should-i-go-to-auction-school/
- Auction school — a great investment. https://mikebrandlyauctioneer.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/auction-school-a-great-investment/
- It’s easy to become an auctioneer, but … https://mikebrandlyauctioneer.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/its-easy-to-become-an-auctioneer-but/
- Online auction school? https://mikebrandlyauctioneer.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/online-auction-school/
- Bid calling matters. https://mikebrandlyauctioneer.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/bid-calling-matters/
All in all, being an auctioneer (or going to school to become one) isn’t really that strange. Over thousands of auctions take place every day in the United States — most conducted by auctioneers — with certainly more auctions than, say, puppetry events.
Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Hondros College of Business, Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School and Faculty at the Certified Auctioneers Institute held at Indiana University.