Nature of Work

• Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures

• Give preliminary estimates on cost and construction time

• Prepare structure specifications

• Direct workers who prepare drawings and documents

• Prepare scaled drawings, either with computer software or by hand

• Prepare contract documents for building contractors

• Manage construction contracts

• Visit worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans

• Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations

Training, Qualifications and Advancement

In all states, earning a professional degree in architecture is typically the first step to becoming an architect. Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, intended for students with no previous architectural training. Many earn a master’s degree in architecture, which can take 1 to 5 years in addition to the time spent earning a bachelor’s degree. The amount of time required depends on the extent of the student’s previous education and training in architecture. All state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a lengthy paid internship—generally 3 years of experience—before they may sit for the Architect Registration Examination. Most new graduates complete their training period by working at architectural firms through the Intern Development Program. All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.


The projects that you work on are rooted from creativity and the ideas are limitless. Being an architect means you get to create whatever you want.

Job Outlook

Employment of architects is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Architects will be needed to make plans and designs for the construction and renovation of homes, offices, retail stores, and other structures. Many school districts and universities are expected to build new facilities or renovate existing ones. In addition, demand is expected for more healthcare facilities as the baby-boomer population ages and as more individuals use healthcare services. The construction of new retail establishments may also require more architects.

Projections Data

There is an avg. of 360 Annual job openings


The median annual wage for architects was $76,100 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,080, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $125,520.

Related Occupations

• Construction Managers

• Civil Engineers

• Drafters


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