By Ian Skroban


As a child I loved to create intricate structures with Legos. I also enjoy detailed sketching, this is why architecture caught my attention since it brings art and design together. As defined by Webster's dictionary Architecture is the art or practice or designing and constructing structures. Architecture requires a considerable amount of studying, but is a profitable job.

Training and skills

To work as an architect takes specific education and training. An architect must gradual from one of the one-hundred and twenty-three schools for architecture, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. A student can go through a five year Bachelor program. When they graduate they must either complete a training period or an internship, which usually takes about three more years. Besides the technical skills, an architect must also have that ability to communicate well and be a team player. They must also have a balance of creativity and organization.

Salary, Outlook and Advancments

From 2012 to 2013 the average salary for architects went up from $73,000 to $74,000. The best paid 10% get approximately $119,300 and the bottom 10% earn approximately $45,000. The employment for architects is projected to grow 17% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average of all other occupations. Once you get into architecture it is important to show employers the ability to work well with others and communicate.

Day in The Life of an Architect

From the site gives a typical day of an architect. For an architect the usual work times are from 7:00am to 5:00pm. A lot of time is spent setting up meeting times and talking with clients, which is why you must be able to communicate well. An architect will make site plans and sketches to make a propasal to a client. The client will later select the best proposal. After this the project goes out for bid and then to actual construction. This is typically called Design-Bid-Build.

Why I'm interested in architecture

The reasons I'm considering architecture as a career is because I enjoy designing and creating things with hands on and I'm talented in drawing. Architecture brings a little bit of both of those together. This career also allows you to be on site of the construction during different phases of construction.

In conclusion

Although architecture takes more schooling than most careers is a profitable job and allows me to use my interests and talents.