Architects

Architects plan, design, and observe construction of facilities used for human occupancy and of other structures. They consult with clients, plan layouts of buildings, prepare drawings of proposed buildings, write specifications, and prepare scale and full-sized drawings. Architects also may help clients to obtain bids, select a contractor, and negotiate the construction contract. They visit construction sites to ensure that the work is being completed according to specification. There are approximately 112,600 architects working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Plan, design, and observe construction of buildings and other structures
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Urban areas offer the best opportunities but jobs can be found throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Three years of experience as a junior architect
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Curious
  • Hands On
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Computer
  • Drawing/Design
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager or Architectural Firm Owner
  • Architect
  • Junior Architect

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