Architect

Christian Pantoja Individual Career Plan

What is an Architect?

Architects design houses, office buildings, factories, skyscrapers, and other structures.

All about architects

Education

In all states, earning a professional degree in architecture is typically the first step to becoming an architect. Most architect earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, intended for students with no previous architectural training. Many earn a master's degree in architecture, which can take 1 to 5 years in addition to the time spent earning a bachelor's degree. The amount time require depends on the extant of the student's previous education and training in architecture.

Income

Depending on where you do business, the income can vary. The median annual wage for architects is $74,520 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,940, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $121,910. Most architects work full time and many work additional hours, especially when facing deadlines. Self-employed architects may have more flexible work hours.

Duties

Here are what architects do...

- Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures

- Give preliminary estimates on cost and construction time

- Prepare structure specifications

- Direct workers who prepare drawings and document

- Prepare scaled drawings, either with computer software or by hand

- Prepare contract documents for building contractors

- Manage construction contracts

- Visit work sites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans

- Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations

About Me

I'm a high school student. I plan on going to college to study architectural design and to earn a degree. The reason I picked this career is because I like to draw and create things and also get into construction. I also like math, science, and computers. I feel that I am able to do this career base on my interests.
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