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Everything You Need to Know About Architect Jobs

Research the job role, duties, and application tips for working as an architect.

Architects are responsible for both the familiar feeling home and for the grandeur of museums or towers. If you’re looking for a job that exercises both creative and calculated muscles, then a career in architecture is for you. You’ll get to learn about your own style of design while innovating older techniques. It’s a great role to apply to while you figure out where you want your architecture career to go.

What is an architect?

Architects are in charge of planning and designing the buildings we live and work in. They also oversee the construction of said buildings. Many have architectural concentrations they specialize in.

Duties of architecture jobs include:

  • Create designs for new building projects
  • Conserve and restore older buildings
  • Using technical skills to innovate and create new functional designs

What is the job outlook for architects?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the role of architect is supposed to grow about 8% from 2018 to 2028.

How much do architects get paid?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for architects was $38.82 as of May 2019, but may be more depending on where you live. That’s about $80,750 per year.

Where can I work as an architect?

On the list of employers hiring on Handshake, there are many companies hiring architects and architecture student interns:

  • CDM Smith
  • Epic
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • New Western Acquisitions
  • Leidos

Other places to apply for “architect jobs near me” in your city include:

  • Design management companies
  • Interior design firms
  • Architectural firms 

What should I put on my resume?

Many places hiring architects are looking for similar keywords in resumes, but what makes the right candidate is listing the skills that make you stand out.

List your past experiences 

Even if you’ve never held an architect job before, you definitely have skills from past experiences you can offer. From mentorships, internships, to school projects that you did—there are always skills you can pull from your life that apply.

Consider listing some of these soft skills that might make you a better candidate on your resume:

  • Organization
  • Accountability
  • Ability to communicate vision effectively
  • Detail oriented
  • Collaborative

Technical skills

If this won’t be your first role as an architect, then you may have some technical skills from previous jobs to add to your resume. It’s always a good idea to mention that you have strong design skills, know how to manage clients, or have had experience leading projects and plans. 

What should I write in my cover letter?

Though you might be applying for an entry level architecture job, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t others trying to secure the same position as you. It’s important in your cover letter to stand out and really show what you can offer as a teammate. Not only is it recommended that you list skills and experiences you’ve had, but also the willingness to learn and adapt to the role. By letting the hiring manager know that you’re motivated to get started, they might be more inclined to meet you in person and see if you’re the right fit. 

Check out this article with proper formatting techniques and more in depth information about the perfect cover letter.

What’s it like to be an architect?

Depending on the field of architecture you find yourself in, your specific projects and where they are based will differ. But when it comes to general tasks, there is a lot of planning, meeting with clients, getting building permits, and prepping designs either by hand or on a computer.

How do I become an architect?

Steps to becoming an architect:

  • Get a bachelor’s degree in an accredited field
  • Network with your classmates and professors
  • Find a mentor you respect in the architectural field
  • Do a couple internships during undergrad (city planning, interior design, architectural design to name a few)
  • Apply to and take by the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) to get certified

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