Architects

Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

Skills Required

Holland Code: Realistic - for practical people who like hands-on activities and building

Realistic - for practical people who like hands-on activities and building

Tasks

  • Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
  • Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
  • Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
  • Administer construction contracts.
  • Represent clients in obtaining bids or awarding construction contracts.
  • Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, or reports.
  • Calculate potential energy savings by comparing estimated energy consumption of proposed design to baseline standards.
  • Design environmentally sound structural upgrades to existing buildings, such as natural lighting systems, green roofs, or rainwater collection systems.

Related Careers

  • Landscape Architects
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Logistics Engineers
  • Architectural Drafters
Minimum Level of Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

There are multiple education and training pathways to prepare for this career. In addition to credentials, employer sponsored training, on-the-job training, and other types of experience can help you get the skills and knowledge you need to be successful.