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Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
“We put style in the place !”
Create the overall aesthetic and look of buildings and other structures, but the design of a building involves far more than its appearance.
The Job
May be involved in all phases of a construction project, from the initial discussion with the client through the entire construction process. Their duties require specific skills-designing, engineering, managing, supervising, and communicating with clients and builders.
Work Environment
Usually working in a comfortable environment, architects spend most of their time in offices consulting with clients, developing reports and drawings, and working with other architects and engineers.
College Majors
Professional degree in architecture
Minimum Qualifications
here are three main steps in becoming an architect. First is the attainment of a professional degree in architecture. Second is work experience through an internship, and third is licensure through the passing of the Architect Registration Exam.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Creativity and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Quick Facts
  • About 1 in 5 architects are self-employed-more than 2 times the proportion for all occupations.
  • Licensing requirements include a professional degree in architecture, at least 3 years of practical work training, and passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination.
  • Architecture graduates may face competition, especially for jobs in the most prestigious firms.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of wage-and-salary architects were $70,320 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $53,480 and $91,870. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,320, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $119,220. Those just starting their internships can expect to earn considerably less.
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