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Architecture/Urban Planning

$73,160 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Architecture/Urban Planning Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many architecture and related services graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 9,187
Master’s Degree 6,837
Associate Degree 613
Graduate Certificate 295
Doctor’s Degree 252
Basic Certificate 213
Undergraduate Certificate 83

What Architecture/Urban Planning Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, architecture and related services majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Architecture and Related Services majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Architecture/Urban Planning Major?

People with a architecture and related services degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Appraisers, Real Estate 14.4% $54,980
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 4.2% $79,380
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architectural Drafters 8.1% $54,920
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980
Assessors 14.4% $54,980
Historians 6.1% $61,140
Interior Designers 4.5% $53,370
Landscape Architects 6.5% $68,230
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 10.3% $58,340
Real Estate Brokers 4.9% $58,210
Real Estate Sales Agents 5.8% $48,690
Social Sciences Professors 9.8% $71,600
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8% $73,050

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture/Urban Planning?

9,187 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
48% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 48% of the graduates are women, and 52% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 713
Black or African American 470
Hispanic or Latino 1,562
White 4,731
International Students 1,157
Other Races/Ethnicities 554

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Architecture & Related Services, too. About 12.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Architecture/Urban Planning Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and related services made a median starting salary of $43,500 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $38,475 (25th percentile) and $47,725 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in architecture and related services, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Architecture and Related Services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $61,870 to $87,950 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with architecture and related services may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling 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.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 8.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 3.7%
Some College Courses 6.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.4%
Master’s Degree 19.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.5%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 4.4%
Doctoral Degree 3.4%

Online Architecture/Urban Planning Programs

In 2019-2020, 372 schools offered a architecture and related services program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 42 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 107 4
Bachelor’s Degree 67 9
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 391 14
Post-Master’s 19 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 70 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Architecture/Urban Planning Worth It?

The median salary for a architecture and related services grad is $73,160 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 83% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $665,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to architecture and related services.

Major Number of Grads
Computer & Information Sciences 237,745
Engineering 200,458
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 169,876
Engineering Technologies 86,730
Physical Sciences 52,879
Mathematics & Statistics 51,937
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 51,300
Natural Resources & Conservation 30,341
Communications Technologies & Support 15,192
Science Technologies / Technicians 7,387

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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