Architect

By: Sarah Smith

What is an Architect?

An Architect is a person who designs buildings and in many cases also supervises their construction. They use their skills in design, engineering, managing and coordinating to create pleasing and safe buildings that serve a purpose. They're artists, but instead of a canvas, they have cities, parks, college campuses and more to display their work. Architects are involved at each step of a project, from the initial planning sessions to the opening to the general public of a new building.

What is the Salary of an Architect?

The salary for architects is up slightly from $73,090 in 2012 to $74,110 in 2013. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $119,370, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $44,930.

What are the working conditions of this job?

Most architects work for architectural films and spend most of the day in an office. Office time is spent meeting with clients to discuss plans. About 20% of architects were self-employed. Some self-employed architects commute to their own offices, while others may work out of a home office.

What are the Job Responsibilities of an Architect?

Architects design residential and commercial structures, of course, but their responsibilities don't stop there. An architect must also think about a building’s style, safety and sustainability to ensure it meets the needs of its occupants as well as the requirements of state and federal regulators.

Education Requirements

Prospective architects must complete a professional degree program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board in order to become licensed in most states. High school graduates who want to become an architect may enroll in a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program.

Do I want to have this Job in the Future?

if I could have any stem job it would be an architect. I would want to be an architect because I love to draw and also I like to look at really cool buildings. So yes, I do want to have this job in the future.
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