ARCHITECT AND ENGINEER MANAGING

CAREER DESCRIPTION

Architectural and engineering managers plan, coordinate, and direct activities in architectural and engineering companies.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Most architectural and engineering managers spend their workday in an office. Some also may work in industrial plants and laboratories or at construction sites. Although most work full time, about half worked more than 40 hours a week in 2012.

HOW TO BECOME ONE?

Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer.

SALARY

The median annual wage for architectural and engineering managers was $124,870 in May 2012.



Quick Facts: Architectural and Engineering Managers

2012 Median Pay$124,870 per year
$60.03 per hour

Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation5 years or more

On-the-job TrainingNone

Number of Jobs, 2012193,800

Job Outlook, 2012-227% (Slower than average)

Employment Change, 2012-2213,100

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