Interested in pursuing a career that involves the structure, design, creation, and history of buildings? One of these architecture professions may be for you.
Architects combine technical know-how with artistry to design buildings, and in some cases, the areas surrounding them. Generally speaking, their responsibilities include:preliminary conversations with the client regarding needs, expectations, and budget,analysis of the site and location,creation of concept design drawings, which bring together plans, sketches, and models establishing technical details and specifications obtaining permits,contracting with builders, and collaboration with them throughout the construction process,and any necessary follow-up after the project is completed
The minimum education level required for architects is a bachelor’s degree. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median yearly pay for an architect in 2010 was $72,5501.
ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN (aka ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER)
Architectural technicians are primarily involved in the process of turning the architect’s design into construction drawings. They may work with architects, engineers, and builders, but usually not directly with the client. In the past, architectural technicians worked by hand on drafting tables, but these days they utilize computer-aided drafting programs. At minimum, architectural technicians require a bachelor’s degree. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for architectural technicians is $47,8802.
An architectural engineer applies engineering principles to architecture. They utilize mechanical and electrical engineering to ensure the stability of structures,design heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and fire protection systems,and address energy conservation concerns.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this career. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, the median architectural engineering manager's salary was $76,6203.
Architectural historians study the history of architecture,focusing on areas that are in danger of extinction. Architectural historians may focus on a building’s features, history or significance, or on the surrounding neighborhood and community. They write reports, articles, and books. Architectural historians are responsible for determining whether a building meets criteria for a state or national historic property designation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide salary data for architectural historians.
Architectural writers write about the subject of architecture. They may address topics such as design, technology, engineering, or history, among others. They help readers to understand buildings better. Architectural writers generally hold, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Salary data for this profession was unavailable, likely because many architectural writers work on a freelance basis.