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General Architecture Major

7,460 yearly degrees
#107 in popularity
$99,000 median salary

General architecture is a major that typically falls into the Architecture/Urban Planning category.

There are 11 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in architecture, 124 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 110 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 24 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Architecture Degree?

In 2017, roughly 5,200 general architecture majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree. This makes it #75 in popularity of all the majors we track. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 46.4% of the graduates are women, and 53.6% are men.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 8%
  • Black or African American: 5.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 17.9%
  • White: 48.9%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 13.6%
  • Other Races: 6.3%
General Architecture Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

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

What Will You Learn as a General Architecture Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to architecture 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.

Knowledge Areas for Architecture Majors

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

Important Knowledge Areas for General Architecture Majors

Skills for Architecture Majors

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

Important Skills for General Architecture Majors

Abilities for Architecture Majors

As you progress with your architecture degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for architecture Majors

What Can You Do With an Architecture Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with architecture:

Careers Related to General Architecture
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Architecture Professors



Architects, Except Landscape and Naval



Architectural and Engineering Managers



General Architecture Major Salary

Architecture majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $89,000 to $149,000. 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, 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 Major  ( 89000 to 149000 )
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 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for General Architecture Major Jobs

Some careers associated with architecture 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 education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to architecture have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With General Architecture
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 General Architecture Programs

There are 124 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in general architecture, with 1 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.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a General Architecture Major Worth It?

The median salary for an architecture grad is $99,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 155% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,208,400 after 20 years!

general architecture 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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