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Architects

Architects design, plan and oversee the construction of various types of buildings. An architect is responsible for the aesthetics, usefulness and safety of the building. They need to consider the effects their buildings will have on natural and artificial surroundings. They work on a wide a array of projects. Some architects have specialities such as shopping centers, factories, health facilities or school campuses. They collaborate with urban planners, engineers, landscape architects and contractors.

Architects design buildings that meet the needs of their clients while also conforming to applicable regulations and laws. The also need to take into consideration the needs of people that will use the building. An architect has to determine what type of design the building should have in relation to the site. They take into consideration the nearby buildings, climate and the slope of the site.

They typically use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software to develop preliminary sketches of buildings. These sketches provide the general appearance of the outside and inside of the building and the building's location at the site. After an architect receives approval from the client they develop more detailed plans which indicate exactly how the structure will be built. When the construction project begins the architect frequently visits the project site to ensure the plans are being followed.

Responsibilities

  • Inspect the building site
  • Collaborate with clients to determine which contractor will be hired to construct the building
  • Create preliminary sketches
  • Provide specifications of the materials to be used and the methods for installation
  • Revise plans to meet client's expectations
  • Provide diagrams for heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts and show the paths for electrical wiring and plumbing pipes
  • Determine if the contract between the client and the contractor has been satisfied
  • Use detailed drawings to indicate placement and dimensions of walls and windows
  • Approve the materials being used for the construction project
  • Work with landscape planners, engineers and other personnel at the site

Job Characteristics

The amount of details that are taken care of by architects depends on the size of the company. In large architectural offices, other personnel take care of the smaller details. They spend a lot of their time working in offices. They also visit construction sites.

Architects need artistic, organizing, coordinating, planning and business skills. They need to be creative and understand spacial relationships. Architects need to have skills with computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 16 percent employment growth for architects between 2008 and 2018 which is faster than the average for all occupations. Some architecture firms outsource the basic design work for large scale residential and commercial projects and the drafting of construction documents to architecture firms located in other countries. This trend is expected to continue and could have a negative impact on employment growth for lower-level architects and interns who would seek to gain experience by developing these drawings.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states there should be a demand for architects that have knowledge about "green" design, also called sustainable design. Green design emphasizes the efficient use of resources such as water and energy. It also emphasizes conservation, pollution and waste reduction, and environmentally friendly design, materials and specifications.

In 2008 the median annual earnings for wage and salary architects was $70,320. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $119,220. In addition, approximately 21 percent of architects are self-employed.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most states require an architect to earn a professional degree in architecture from an architecture school that has degree programs that have received accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board. However, state architectural registration boards establish their own standards, thus candidates that graduate from a non-accredited program may meet the educational requirements for licensing in a few states. In addition a growing number of architects voluntarily seek certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Most architects have acquired their professional degree from a five year bachelor of architecture degree program. Some architects acquire a master's degree after completing a bachelor's degree program in another field or after completing a pre-professional architecture program. Many schools of architecture provide post-professional degrees for individuals that already have a bachelor's or a master's degree in architecture or other subjects.

Every state architectural registration board requires architecture graduates to complete a training period which typically lasts at least three years before they can take the licensing exam. Every state adheres to the training standards set by the Intern Development Program, which is a program of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the American Institute of architects. Most graduates complete their training by working as interns at architectural firms.

Every state requires individuals to be licensed before they are allowed to call themselves architects and contract to provide architectural services. Licensing requirements include earning a professional degree in architecture, completing a period of practical training or an internship and they must also pass all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination. Most states also require some form of continuing education for architects to maintain their license.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are architectural firms, engineering services firms, building construction firms, and federal, state and local government agencies.

Schools for Architects are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Architects

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Architects jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 480 $78,730
Hoover 480 $78,730
Montgomery 160 $66,530
Huntsville 100 $75,720
Mobile 60 $60,510
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 140 $93,690
Fairbanks 30 $67,740
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1340 $80,230
Mesa 1340 $80,230
Phoenix 1340 $80,230
Tucson N/A $74,210
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 260 $72,980
North Little Rock 260 $72,980
Little Rock 260 $72,980
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 5130 $89,140
Long Beach 5130 $89,140
Los Angeles 5130 $89,140
Hayward 3180 $89,850
San Francisco 3180 $89,850
Oakland 3180 $89,850
Carlsbad 990 $83,290
San Diego 990 $83,290
Sacramento 990 $87,900
Arcade 990 $87,900
Arden 990 $87,900
Roseville 990 $87,900
Sunnyvale 480 $87,320
Santa Clara 480 $87,320
San Jose 480 $87,320
Riverside 380 $81,030
Ontario 380 $81,030
San Bernardino 380 $81,030
Bakersfield 120 $75,320
Santa Rosa 120 $89,190
Santa Maria 90 $83,610
Santa Barbara 90 $83,610
Arroyo Grande 80 $62,840
Paso Robles 80 $62,840
San Luis Obispo 80 $62,840
Oxnard 80 $97,380
Thousand Oaks 80 $97,380
Ventura 80 $97,380
Fresno 70 $90,550
Vallejo 50 $91,730
Fairfield 50 $91,730
Modesto 40 N/A
Lodi 40 $80,200
Stockton 40 $80,200
Salinas 30 N/A
Watsonville N/A $54,330
Santa Cruz N/A $54,330
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1780 $75,570
Aurora 1780 $75,570
Denver 1780 $75,570
Boulder 270 $57,600
Colorado Springs 190 $60,770
Fort Collins 150 $61,390
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 500 $87,150
West Hartford 500 $87,150
Hartford 500 $87,150
New Haven 460 $60,950
Norwalk 310 $87,250
Stamford 310 $87,250
Bridgeport 310 $87,250
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 1290 $72,940
Fort Lauderdale 1290 $72,940
West Palm Beach 1290 $72,940
Tampa 540 $79,650
St. Petersburg 540 $79,650
Clearwater 540 $79,650
Sanford 510 $65,480
Kissimmee 510 $65,480
Orlando 510 $65,480
Jacksonville 490 $71,690
Marco Island 190 $58,300
Naples 190 $58,300
Immokalee 190 $58,300
Ocala 180 N/A
North Port 180 $56,910
Sarasota 180 $56,910
Bradenton 180 $56,910
Tallahassee 110 $59,620
Fort Myers 100 $82,220
Cape Coral 100 $82,220
Ferry Pass 70 $73,100
Pensacola 70 $73,100
Brent 70 $73,100
Gainesville 70 $78,630
Destin 60 $54,100
Crestview 60 $54,100
Fort Walton Beach 60 $54,100
Winter Haven 50 $98,030
Lakeland 50 $98,030
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 1590 $84,750
Roswell 1590 $84,750
Sandy Springs 1590 $84,750
Savannah 70 $86,570
Macon 30 $74,260
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 510 $82,060
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 130 $58,030
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 110 $72,230
Rockford 80 $62,200
Springfield 80 $91,580
Urbana 50 $80,650
Champaign 50 $80,650
Marion N/A $73,640
Carbondale N/A $73,640
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 560 $68,980
Carmel 560 $68,980
Indianapolis 560 $68,980
Fort Wayne 110 $49,750
Goshen 40 $61,880
Elkhart 40 $61,880
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 300 $69,160
Des Moines 300 $69,160
Cedar Rapids 60 $72,130
Ames 50 $62,760
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 190 $61,660
Topeka 90 $52,620
Lawrence N/A $70,270
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 250 $51,570
Lexington 250 $51,570
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 380 $71,720
New Orleans 380 $71,720
Baton Rouge 310 $56,730
Lafayette 90 $51,680
Bossier City 60 $63,220
Shreveport 60 $63,220
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 140 $71,800
Portland 140 $71,800
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1390 $78,550
Columbia 1390 $78,550
Baltimore 1390 $78,550
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 1160 $74,290
Detroit 1160 $74,290
Dearborn 1160 $74,290
Wyoming 270 $79,740
Grand Rapids 270 $79,740
Ann Arbor 130 $65,770
East Lansing 100 $74,650
Lansing 100 $74,650
Portage 60 $72,950
Kalamazoo 60 $72,950
Benton Harbor 30 $72,010
Niles 30 $72,010
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 180 $61,260
Pascagoula N/A $55,840
Biloxi N/A $55,840
Gulfport N/A $55,840
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 140 $66,040
Columbia 40 $63,990
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 130 $63,530
Missoula 90 $56,040
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 120 $64,020
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 300 $83,930
Henderson 300 $83,930
Las Vegas 300 $83,930
Reno 80 $72,010
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 80 $85,470
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 170 $66,970
Hammonton 30 $91,750
Atlantic City 30 $91,750
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 320 $59,660
Las Cruces 60 $62,200
Santa Fe N/A $58,070
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 360 $76,740
Troy 360 $76,740
Schenectady 360 $76,740
Rochester 210 $74,430
Niagara Falls 180 $72,260
Buffalo 180 $72,260
Cheektowaga 180 $72,260
Syracuse 180 $87,410
Ithaca 50 $67,650
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 420 $70,770
Durham 180 $77,900
Chapel Hill 180 $77,900
High Point 90 $69,160
Greensboro 90 $69,160
Salem 50 $80,190
Winston 50 $80,190
Wilmington 40 $88,250
Fayetteville N/A $76,740
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 40 $58,850
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 620 $69,830
Elyria 620 $69,830
Columbus 590 N/A
Akron 230 $54,130
Dayton 180 $75,980
Toledo 170 $70,350
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 280 $62,770
Tulsa 240 $71,680
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 150 $57,160
Redmond 60 $66,960
Bend 60 $66,960
Salem 60 $66,980
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 600 $70,220
Carlisle 130 $65,780
Harrisburg 130 $65,780
Lancaster 110 $66,150
Hazleton 100 $68,840
Barre 100 $68,840
Scranton 100 $68,840
Wilkes 100 $68,840
York 60 $69,100
Hanover 60 $69,100
Reading 60 $77,950
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 170 $53,500
Carolina 170 $53,500
San Juan 170 $53,500
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 250 $64,430
Charleston 250 $64,430
Columbia 190 $63,740
Mauldin 160 $75,220
Anderson 160 $75,220
Greenville 160 $75,220
Spartanburg 100 $73,830
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 60 $72,280
Rapid City 30 $75,470
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 460 $66,640
Murfreesboro 460 $66,640
Davidson 460 $66,640
Nashville 460 $66,640
Knoxville N/A $61,050
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 2540 $75,020
Houston 2540 $75,020
Sugar Land 2540 $75,020
Fort Worth 2390 $81,720
Arlington 2390 $81,720
Dallas 2390 $81,720
Round Rock 1290 $71,180
Austin 1290 $71,180
San Antonio 790 $63,260
New Braunfels 790 $63,260
Bryan 100 $52,390
College Station 100 $52,390
El Paso 100 $71,290
Corpus Christi 70 $69,640
Laredo 60 $59,250
Lubbock 60 $65,300
Amarillo 50 $77,500
Edinburg 40 $59,260
Mission 40 $59,260
McAllen 40 $59,260
Port Arthur 40 $69,350
Beaumont 40 $69,350
Abilene 30 $54,300
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 470 $72,310
Clearfield 70 $55,440
Ogden 70 $55,440
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 80 $69,760
Burlington 80 $69,760
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 410 $71,640
Charlottesville 140 $67,820
Roanoke 80 $70,410
Radford 50 $88,310
Christiansburg 50 $88,310
Blacksburg 50 $88,310
Lynchburg N/A $62,010
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 2510 $71,430
Tacoma 2510 $71,430
Bellevue 2510 $71,430
Spokane 120 $69,210
Spokane Valley 120 $69,210
Bremerton 60 $62,490
Silverdale 60 $62,490
Richland 50 $80,800
Kennewick 50 $80,800
Tumwater 40 $83,830
Olympia 40 $83,830
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 60 $72,360
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 480 $67,910
Waukesha 480 $67,910
Milwaukee 480 $67,910
Madison 300 $77,970
Green Bay 70 $64,900
Sheboygan N/A $40,720

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Architects

To find out more about building a career as Architects, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Architects

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 98,050 88% $69,570
Construction 4,690 4% $71,870
Government 3,550 3% $80,520
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