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What Do Architects Do?

Architect Job Description Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

What do Architects do On a Daily Basis?

  • Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
  • Gather information related to projects’ environmental sustainability or operational efficiency.
  • Prepare scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools.
  • Design environmentally sound structural upgrades to existing buildings, such as natural lighting systems, green roofs, or rainwater collection systems.
  • Develop final construction plans that include aesthetic representations of the structure or details for its construction.
  • Conduct periodic on-site observations of construction work to monitor compliance with plans.

What an Architect Should Know

These are the skills Architects say are the most useful in their careers:

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

  • Residential Green Building Designer
  • Senior Planner
  • Specifications Writer
  • Design Architect
  • Principal Architect

Job Demand for Architects

There were about 128,800 jobs for Architects, Except Landscape and Naval in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.2% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,500 new jobs for Architects by 2026. There will be an estimated 9,700 positions for Architect per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Architects in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Architects, Except Landscape and Naval are Texas, New York, and Florida.

Watch out if you plan on working in West Virginia, Vermont, or Mississippi. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Architect Salary

The salary for Architects, Except Landscape and Naval ranges between about $48,020 and $138,120 a year. An Architect median salary is $79,380.

Salary Ranges for Architects

How much do Architects, Except Landscape and Naval make in each U.S. state?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary
New York $109,520
Massachusetts $103,920
District of Columbia $100,770
Texas $99,580
Arizona $95,220
California $95,060
Alaska $93,390
Alabama $91,380
New Hampshire $89,260
West Virginia $89,200
Minnesota $88,020
Maryland $87,790
Nebraska $86,410
Oklahoma $86,270
South Carolina $85,610
Wyoming $85,400
Virginia $85,380
North Carolina $84,980
Oregon $84,430
New Jersey $83,590
Connecticut $83,530
Delaware $83,410
Florida $82,710
Ohio $82,640
Tennessee $80,750
South Dakota $80,310
Indiana $79,760
North Dakota $79,570
Illinois $79,520
Pennsylvania $79,440
Rhode Island $79,120
Washington $79,020
Wisconsin $78,110
Kansas $77,950
Missouri $76,580
Iowa $76,290
Louisiana $75,710
Hawaii $75,410
Michigan $75,100
Nevada $74,620
Kentucky $73,580
Colorado $73,090
Mississippi $72,780
New Mexico $72,740
Vermont $71,770
Idaho $71,190
Maine $70,470
Arkansas $69,470
Utah $67,540

What Tools do Architects Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Architects:

  • CA Erwin Data Modeler
  • Artifice DesignWorkshop
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
  • AutoDesSys form Z
  • NavisWorks Jetstream
  • Autodesk Architectural Studio
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Verilog
  • Oracle JDBC
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

Where Architects Are Employed

Architect Sectors

Those thinking about becoming Architects might also be interested in the following careers:

  • Graphic Designers


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