Architectural Designer Career

Architectural DesignerCareer Overview

Architectural designers create the design and construction of structures and buildings including commercial and residential buildings. Architects must be aware of making living and working areas safe, functional, and cost effective for those who live and work in and around them. Their specific jobs responsibilities include engineering, designing, managing, and communicating with both clients and contractors doing the building project. Excellent communication skills and creativity are key skills an architect needs.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
Master’s Degree in Architecture

Most states require architects to have a professional degree in architecture from an accredited school of the National Architecture Accrediting Board. Some architects also complete a master’s degree in architecture. This can generally take 1 to 5 years depending on how much previous training and college a student has already completed. State architectural registration boards require architect graduates to also complete at least 3 years of on the job training before sitting for a licensing exam. These 3 years of training can generally be completed through paid internships and apprenticeship programs.


Architectural History
Building Design
Construction Methods

Licensing Requirements

All states require architect graduates to be licensed or registered to become an architect. This licensing requires an internship of at least 3 years and a passing score on the Architect Registration Exam. The test has nine sections and is made up of multiple choice and graphical questions. Architects must also complete continuing education training requirements after becoming licensed.

School Recommendations:

Cornell University
Syracuse University
University of Texas-Austin
Kansas State
Pratt Institute

Employment Trends

Average Salary for architects in 2008: $70,320
Job Availability as of May 2008: 141,200
Projected Employment in 2018: 164,200

Related Jobs:

Construction managers
Landscape architects
Urban and regional planners
Commercial and industrial designers
Graphic designers
Interior designers
Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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