The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted a 17% growth in jobs for architects during the 2012-2022 decade, with architects who have “green” design knowledge being in highest demand (www.bls.gov). The average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent.
The BLS also highlights that architecture and engineering occupations are at the forefront of technological progress. Tasks performed in these jobs include:
- designing ships, aircraft or computers;
- researching, developing and evaluating medical devices;
- creating and improving processes for manufacturing
- improving methods for extracting natural resources or collecting geographic information
The BLS also reported that architects earned an average salary of $79,650 in 2013; the highest ten percent earned over $119,370 annually.
A career as an architect is not merely a job, but more of a lifestyle. As you may know, it is a demanding profession, but one that bears many rewards, including high pay. Most architects work full time in architectural and engineering offices. Working hours are generally long and include some travel to worksites unless you work for yourself and can establish a more tailored work schedule.
What Type of Architect Are You?
The type of architect you are could refer to the type of construction you design on or your role within a specific project. For example, many architects are project managers where they are involved in or have control of specific projects up to and including all aspects. Others are designers who hand the project off to the builders or contractors once the design is approved. And still others may be business owners who are involved in all phases of multiple projects at once. It is possible to work in a variety of these capacities throughout your career.
Residential architects often work with private clients creating the vision of the homeowner or builder. This requires a knowledge of local building codes, as well as neighborhood covenants and restrictions. You are expected to design a “dream home” that conforms to specific regulations, all while adding a bit of your own design flare to create a beautiful and inviting environment. This can be a challenging task, and is a contributing factor in an architects perceived talent.
Many architects define their work by the types of buildings or projects they create:
Regardless of the type of architect you are, or your prominence in the industry, continuing education is most likely a requirement in order to maintain your license. With online education so readily available, it is no longer necessary to spend valuable time during your working day to fulfill this requirement.
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