Architect

Autumn Erickson

Nature of Work

Tasks:

  • Designing structures of every kind
  • Drawing or sketching designs for structures
  • Being accurate on the client's needs
  • Getting involved with many different people
  • Making sure their buildings are safe


Working Conditions:

  • In an office setting
  • On large drafting tables
  • With contractors on construction sites
  • Work about 7 to 8 hours a day; 5 days a week
  • Having to wear hard hats and steel-toed boots


Abilities:

  • Drawing accurately
  • Having creative ideas
  • Designing
  • Mathematics skills
  • Science skills

Education

Schools:
  • Michigan Tech.
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Michigan University


Education needed:

  • 5 years of college
  • Work for 3 years under supervision of a licensed Architect
  • Must pass a series of exams called Architecture Registration Examination (ARE)


School Subjects:

  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Art
  • Architectural design

Personal Impression

Best Parts:
  • Getting to draw
  • Designing buildings
  • Working with others
  • Creating my own designs
  • Getting involved with interior design


Worst Parts:

  • Working on construction sites
  • Being extremely accurate
  • Meeting the client's needs exactly
  • Wearing hard hats
  • Wearing steel-toed boots


Values:

  • Working with others; including engineers to plumbers
  • Drawing; including houses, buildings, and structures

Salary

Money:
  • Year- Interns get $35,000 to $60,000; the most is $300,000
  • Hourly- $24 to $40
  • Michigan:
  • Hourly- $25-$41
  • Yearly- $51,000-$84,000