Architecture degrees are a combination of art and engineering. Architects create the overall look of buildings and other structures, and must be knowledgeable in history, art, science, design, and engineering. Architects make sure that the structures and buildings they design are safe, economical, functional, and meet the needs of the people who will be using them. An Architecture degree will prepare you to design office and apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, factories, churches, airports, industrial parks, and residential homes, among other structures.
Aspiring architects can participate in a 5 year professional architecture degree program, which is a combination of the bachelor’s and master’s degree. You must also participate in an internship program, and take studio and practical courses to be eligible to take the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
Another option is to take a four year degree program in architecture or another related field, paired with a 2 year master’s degree program. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree in a field unrelated to architecture, you can participate in a 3-4 year master’s of architecture degree program. Regardless of the degree program, architects must earn a license in order to practice and provide architectural services to clients.
Job Opportunities for Architects
Employment of architects is expected to increase by 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase is partially due to the demand for more healthcare facilities, retirement homes, and hospitals, as the population continues to live longer. Also, in recent years the demand for green buildings has become greater as people are living more efficient lives. Architects who have knowledge of green and sustainable design are needed, since the number of buildings being built with environmentally designs, specifications, and materials is increasing.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition