Architects


Overview

Introduction

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 128,800 architects working in...

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Median Salary

$79,380

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Three years of experience as a junior architect


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Skills

Building/Trades


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Personality Traits

Artistic

Earnings

Architects earned a median annual salary of $79,380 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $48,020 annually, while the highest paid 10 percent earned $138,120 or more. In July 2019, Glassdoor.com reported the median salary for junior architects was $62,356.

Well-established architects who are partners in an architectural firm o...

Work Environment

Architects normally work a 40-hour week. There may be a number of times when they will have to work overtime, especially when under pressure to complete an assignment. Self-employed architects work less regular hours and often meet with clients in their homes or offices during the evening. Architects usually work in comfortable offices, but they may spend a considerable amount of time outside t...

Outlook

Employment for architects is expected to grow slower than the average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Demographic trends will play a strong role in fueling employment growth for architects. Architects will be needed to plan and design homes, schools, and businesses. In addition, the large baby boomer population will create a demand for more retirem...

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