According to Careerplanning.about.com architects work individually and in teams to design buildings and other structures. They are interested both in how these buildings and structures look and also in whether their designs are functional safe economical and suited to the intended needs.
Architects must be creative and attentive to detail when they prepare drawings and develop construction plans that fall within a budget and also adhere to building codes zoning laws and fire regulations. Often they have deadlines so the work week can exceed 40 hours.
Individuals who aspire to careers in architecture can follow one of several paths 1) earn a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree 2) earn a Master of Architecture degree in a 2-year program for students with undergraduate degrees in architecture or related fields or 3) earn a Master of Architecture degree in a 3-4 year program for student who have undergraduate degrees in unrelated fields. Start your career in Architecture.
Most states require that architecture degrees be earned at schools accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and aspiring architects must complete an internship and pass the Architect Registration (ARE) licensing exam followed by continuing education in order to remain licensed. Many architects are self-employed or work in small firms but those employed by large firms may advance to managerial positions and become partners. Architects also work for the government and for construction companies.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics architects earned an average of $76750 in 2008. Architects who choose to start their own practices need adequate savings because their initial expenses could outstrip their income for a period of time. According to www.collegeboard.com economists predict architect jobs will grow faster than average through 2018. However the field is competitive so knowledge of "green" or sustainable design will give aspiring architects an edge in obtaining employment.