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Architecture/Urban Planning Major

Architecture and related services is a major that typically falls into the Architecture/Urban Planning category.

There are 103 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in architecture and related services, 365 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 379 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 72 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

This is one of the most frequently chosen college majors. It is the most popular in the country with students graduating with a bachelor’s in architecture and related services in 2017. Roughly 47.2% of the graduates are women, and 52.8% are men.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of architecture and related services majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 7.7%
  • Black or African American: 4.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 16%
  • White: 51%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 13.6%
  • Other Races: 6.8%
Architecture/Urban Planning Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in architecture and related services. About 13.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending architecture and related services majors to the U.S. are.

What Will You Learn as an Architecture/Urban Planning Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to architecture and related services to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

A major in architecture and related services should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Architecture/Urban Planning Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to architecture and related services:

Important Skills for Architecture/Urban Planning Majors

Architecture and related services majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for architecture and related services Majors

Below is a list of occupations associated with architecture and related services:

Careers Related to Architecture/Urban Planning
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary




Landscape Architects






Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers



Appraisers, Real Estate



Architectural Drafters



Architecture Professors



Social Sciences Professors



Interior Designers



Real Estate Brokers



Architecture/Urban Planning Major Salary

Architecture and related services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $62,000 to $88,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an Architecture & Related Services Major  ( 62000 to 88000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Architecture/Urban Planning Major Jobs

Some careers associated with architecture and related services may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to architecture and related services have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Architecture/Urban Planning
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Architecture/Urban Planning Programs

There are 365 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in architecture and related services, with 6 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is an Architecture/Urban Planning Major Worth It?

The median salary for an architecture and related services grad is $73,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 88% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $685,200 after 20 years!

architecture and related services salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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