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Careers in the USA: Architects

Architects
Architects plan and design houses, office buildings, and other structures.

Quick Facts: Architects

2012 Median Pay
$73,090 per year
$35.14 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
Internship/residency

Number of Jobs, 2012
107,400

Job Outlook, 2012-22
17% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
18,600

What Architects Do
Architects plan and design houses, office buildings, and other structures.

Work Environment
Architects spend much of their time in offices, where they meet with clients, and consult with engineers and other architects. They also visit construction sites to review the progress of projects. About 1 in 5 were self-employed in 2012.

How to Become an Architect
There are typically three main steps to becoming a licensed architect: completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Exam.

Pay
The median annual wage for architects was $73,090 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of architects is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be strong as the number of applicants continues to outnumber available positions.

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