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What to Expect from a Career in Architecture

What to Expect from a Career in Architecture

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

Use this report to find out what to expect from a career in architecture.

• Nature of the Work • Working Conditions • Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement • Employment • Earnings • Related Occupations • Sources of Additional Information

Significant Points

About 1 in 4 architects was self-employed—more than three times the proportion for all professional and related occupations.

Licensing requirements include a professional degree in architecture, 3 years of practical work training, and passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination.

Architecture graduates may face competition, especially for jobs in the most prestigious firms; opportunities will be best for those with experience working for a firm while still in school and for those with knowledge of computer-aided design and drafting technology.

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