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Architects

Also called: Architect, Architectural Project Manager, Project Architect, Senior Architectural Designer

What they do:
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools.
  • Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
  • Direct activities of technicians engaged in preparing drawings or specification documents.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • building and construction
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • NavisWorks Jetstream
Project management software
  • Craftsman CD Estimator
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$74,110
per year, on average
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