Monica Cardenas


Architects are liscensed professionals who design and plan structures that are attractive, functional and safe. They design schools, skyscrapers, hospitals, hotels, churches, and houses. Before constructing a building an architect needs to create a drawing or model for the building. The structure is then built by a construction company which follow the direction of the plans for the building. The architect will closely supervise to make sure everything is being built properly.

Required Skills

•Ability to design

•Ability to communicate effectively

•Ability to analyze and criticality assess problems

•Understanding of history, cultural, and environmental concerns

•Ability to see the big picture, and also pay attention to every small detail

These skills are required because you have to have the ability to design if you're building something, regardless of what it is. You use these skills all around the job. You have to have good communication skills to properly get what it is you want from the construction company.  You need to pay attention to each little detail in architecture because if you mess one little thing up, it can ruin the entire structure.

Educational Requirements

The educational requirements to become an architect include a 5-year  professional bachelor's or master's degree in architecture, though a graduates degree may also be acceptable. Architects also need to be licensed.

Topics of study generally include:

• Building and materials construction

• Freehand and digital drafting

• Modern and historical architectural styles

• Environmental systems

• Architectural desgin

Typically three main steps to becoming a liscened architect: completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Regristration Exam.

Salary Expectation

The BLS reports the median annual wage 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.

Future Outlook

Employment of architects is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The number of jobs all around is about 107,400 for architects.

Architecture shouldn't be a tough job to get, you'd just have to have a determined mind to reach your goal. It'll take only about 3-5 years to get the liscence, and not much required information to know. This career definitely has a long future to it, this career is all about the future. Architects design structures to make sure they're worth lasting, if they didn't then there really wouldn't be any point in doing what they're doing.


Architecture is a demanding profession, but it can be a very creative and interesting one. This career could be tough but it just all depends on the person and whether they're determined to go through all the work of becoming an architect. Once you learn the basics and gain some experience then you can basically go to any designing point from there.

Similar Careers

Careers that require the same type of skills are architectural technicians, landscapre architects, artists, interior designers, and building/construction inspectors.

Why this career?

Designing is something I have always been interested in ever since I was a little kid. I never really knew what it was I wanted to do, all I knew was that I wanted to be some type of designer. I watched the HGTV channel a lot, so as I got older I started showing interest in the way houses or buildings were built and designed.  Next thing I knew I started sketching different types of houses and buildings. That's when I knew I really wanted to be an architect and I haven't changed my mind since then.


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