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 84,210 architects working in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Plan, design, and observe construction of buildings and other structures
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) The best opportunities are available in urban areas, although jobs can be found throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Approximately three years of experience as a junior architect is needed before architects can sit for the licensing exam
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Computer
  • Drawing/Design
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Curious
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager or Architectural Firm Owner
  • Architect
  • Junior Architect

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