Architectural Project Manager, Design Architect, Principal Architect, Principal, Architectural Firm   More Names
Project Architect, Senior Architect/Design Manager, Senior Architectural Designer, Senior Planner, Specifications Writer

Architects provide the technical and creative, artistic detail that construction managers and their crews need to carry out a building project. They consult with clients to determine the functional or spatial requirements of structures; prepare scale drawings; plan the layout of the project; prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time; and integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.

Architects need to know design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. They should have knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. And they should know the practical application of engineering science and technology, including applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of buildings and facilities.

Architects should be detail oriented with good visual acuity and manual dexterity, and understand policies, regulations, and procedures related to design and construction of public transportation facilities. Communication, design, planning, computer, leadership, and budgeting skills also are required.

Architects generally work indoors, in environmentally controlled offices, but do spend some time on construction sites. Their jobs require considerable contact with others, working with a work group or team, and coordinating with or leading others.

Architects must have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in a related field, and generally have a master's degree. Architects require extensive skill, knowledge, and experience. Click on the "get qualified" tab above to see available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
7% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $59,000 - $99,790    Hourly: $28 - $48

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education:

Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

7% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $59,000 - $99,790

Hourly: $28 - $48