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Architectural Sciences

1,864 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
2,803 Master's Degrees Annually
#130 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 2,803
Bachelor’s Degree 1,864
Associate’s Degree 444
Basic Certificate 224
Undergraduate Certificate 89
Doctor’s Degree 12
Graduate Certificate 12

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

Architect Science majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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

A major in architect science prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

As a architect science major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

People with a architect science degree often go into the following careers:

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?

1,864 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
47% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,864 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural sciences and technology in 2019, making it rank #130 in popularity. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 47% of the graduates are women, and 53% are men.

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 201
Black or African American 76
Hispanic or Latino 261
White 795
International Students 426
Other Races/Ethnicities 105

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Architect Science, too. About 22.9% 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

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architect science have a median salary of $43,100 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,400 (25th percentile) and $46,300 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $56,700 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to architect science. 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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 151 schools offered some type of architectural sciences and technology program. 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) 25 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 33 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 76 1
Bachelor’s Degree 5 2
Post-Baccalaureate 25 0
Master’s Degree 62 4
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 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 6,145
Urban & Regional Planning 2,729
Landscape Architecture 1,177
Environmental Design 717
Interior Architecture 663
Real Estate Development 452
Architecture (Other) 268
Architectural History 154

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