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Job Description

Architects create the overall aesthetic and look of buildings and other structures, but the design of a building involves far more than its appearance. Buildings also must be functional, safe, and economical and must suit the needs of the people who use them. Architects consider all these factors when they design buildings and other structures.

Architects may be involved in all phases of a construction project, from the initial discussion with the client through the entire construction process. Their duties require specific skills—designing, engineering, managing, supervising, and communicating with clients and builders. Architects spend a great deal of time explaining their ideas to clients, construction contractors, and others. Successful architects must be able to communicate their unique vision persuasively.

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Educational Requirements

In most States, the professional degree in architecture must be from one of the 114 schools of architecture that have degree programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Three types of professional degrees in architecture: 5-year bachelor’s degree 2-year master’s degree for students with an undergraduate degree in architecture or a related area; 3- or 4-year master’s degree for students with a degree in another discipline.

Job Outlook Employment of architects is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of architects is strongly tied to the activity of the construction industry.

For more information about becoming an architect:

Nine Steps to a Career in Becoming a Designer

What to Expect from a Career in Architecture

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