Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Architects spend much of their time in offices, where they develop plans, meet with clients, and consult with engineers and other architects. They also visit construction sites to prepare initial drawings and review the progress of projects to ensure that clients’ objectives are met. About 1 in 5 were self-employed in 2014.
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 Examination.
Employment of architects is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be very strong because the number of applicants continues to outnumber available positions.
This occupation supported 107,400 jobs in 2012 and 112,600 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 4.8%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 17.3% in 2022 to 126,000 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 111,100, compared with an observed value of 112,600, 1.4% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 7.3% in 2024 to 120,400 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 129,699 jobs for 2024, 7.7% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.