Potential Career/Occupation Information

Architect

Occupation Information table
Overview: Architects plan and design buildings to meet their clients needs for either personal or commercial use. Their key design criteria are functional use, aesthetics and safety. Decide what architectural style to use based on geographic location, site, materials and purpose.
Duties: Architects interview clients to identify their building construction needs. They propose architectural styles to clients based on building purpose, site, budget limits and client preferences.

Architects prepare final design plans that show floor plans and structural details followed by working plans to show dimensions & locations of electrical, plumbing, heating & air conditioning systems.

They obtain bids from subcontractors for excavation, construction and finishing of the building. They negotiate final prices and schedule the work activities.

Architects monitor the progress and quality of work of all subcontractors. They decide if payments to subcontractors should be withheld based on quality. If changes in plans are needed, they discuss these alterations with clients.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2014 to 2024, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $35,000 to $40,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: All states require licensing of architects. Licensing usually requires a professional degree in architecture, a period of practical training or internship (usually 3 years) and passage of the Architect Registration Examination. More than 50% of the architects are graduates of a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program. Many earn a master's degree. A knowledge of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) is essential.
Advancement Info: New graduates work as interns and usually prepare drawings and documents. Interns also do research on building codes and materials. After becoming licensed and gaining experience, architects take on more duties and responsibilities. They eventually can take the lead role on projects and supervise other employees. After many years of experience, architects may become a partner in an architectural firm. Other architects set up their own businesses.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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