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What does an Architect do?  

Architects design houses and buildings. They plan offices and apartments. They design schools, churches, and airport terminals. Their plans involve far more than a building's looks. Buildings must be safe and strong. They must also suit the needs of the people who use them. Architects look at all these things.

The architect and client first discuss what the client wants. The architect sometimes helps decide if a project would work at all or if it would harm the environment. The architect then creates drawings for the client to review.

If the ideas are OK, the architect draws up the final plans. These plans show how the building will look and how to build it. The drawings show the beams that hold up the building. They show the air-conditioner, furnace, and ventilating systems. The drawings show how the electricity and plumbing work. Architects used to use pencil and paper to draw their plans. Today, more and more architects are using computers. Architects generally work in comfortable conditions. They spend most of their time in offices. However, t

hey spend some time at building sites to see how projects are going.

Architects may feel stressed sometimes. They might work nights and weekends to meet deadlines. Almost half of all architects work more than a 40-hour week.

How do you get ready to become an Architect?  

Architects must be licensed before they can practice. In order to get a license: 1) You need a degree in architecture. Courses include architectural theory, building design, math, and science. 2) You must finish an internship. 3) Finally, you must pass all sections of a license exam.

Architects must be able to visualize things and communicate well visually. Art classes are very helpful in doing this. Speaking, writing, and creativity are also important. Architects should be computer literate.

How much do Architects get paid?  

The middle half of all architects earned between $44,030 and $74,460 a year in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $36,280. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $92,350 a year.

How many jobs are there?  

Architects held about 113,000 jobs in 2002. Most jobs were in small architecture firms. About 1 in 5 was self-employed. This means they practiced as partners in a firm or on their own. Some worked for builders or government agencies.

What about the future?  

BLS expects the number of jobs for architects to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012. Despite this growth, however, new architects face competition. This job attracts many people, so there are lots of applicants for openings. Applicants who gained experience working for an architectural firm while in school have a competitive advantage. Those who know about computer-aided design and drafting technology also have a better chance to get a job.

Are there other jobs like this?  

Where can you find more information?  

More information about architects can be found in the Careers Database.





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