Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

General Information

Description

Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit68.51%
  2. Self-employed23.83%
  3. State and local government4.39%
  4. Federal government1.75%
  5. Private, not for profit1.44%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Specialized Design Services
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Employment of architects is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Architects are expected to 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 people use healthcare services. Demand for architects with a knowledge of “green design,” also called sustainable design, is expected to continue. Architects should be needed to design buildings and structures that efficiently use resources, such as energy and water conservation; reduce waste and pollution; and apply environmentally friendly design, specifications, and materials.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$86,360

State-by-state Salary

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$90,240
$48,020
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 55%
  • Master's degree 18%
  • First professional degree 14%
  • Post baccalaureate 7%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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