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Architectural Sciences

1,114 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,916 Master's Degrees Annually
#159 in Popularity
$99,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Architectural Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many architectural sciences and technology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,916
Bachelor’s Degree 1,114
Associate’s Degree 432
Basic Certificate 222
Undergraduate Certificate 80
Graduate Certificate 24
Doctor’s Degree 16

What Architectural Sciences Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to architect science and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Architect Science Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in architect science should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Architect Science Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to architect science:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Architect Science Majors

Architect Science majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Architectural Sciences Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with architect science:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architectural Drafters 8.1% $54,920
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Sciences?

1,114 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
41% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,114 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural sciences and technology in 2018, making it rank #159 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 59% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of architect science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Architect Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 109
Black or African American 52
Hispanic or Latino 139
White 444
International Students 265
Other Races/Ethnicities 105

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Architect Science, too. About 23.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Iran

How Much Do Architectural Sciences 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 architectural sciences and technology made a median starting salary of $43,100 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,400 (25th percentile) and $46,300 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to architect science so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Architect Science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $56,700 to $148,970 (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 architect science 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 architect science have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.1%
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) 0.2%
Some College Courses 0.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 45.7%
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. 5.0%
Master’s Degree 25.0%
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. 5.0%
Doctoral Degree 10.9%

Online Architectural Sciences Programs

In 2017-2018, 128 schools offered a architect science 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) 24 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 32 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 75 1
Bachelor’s Degree 6 2
Post-Baccalaureate 24 0
Master’s Degree 41 4
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Architectural Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a architect science grad is $99,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,188,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to architect science.

Major Number of Grads
General Architecture 7,514
Urban & Regional Planning 2,685
Landscape Architecture 1,288
Environmental Design 702
Interior Architecture 574
Real Estate Development 370
Architecture (Other) 302
Architectural History 120

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