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Is architecture a good major?

Asked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Are there many job opportunities in architecture?
Is there a lot of room for growth in the field of architecture?
If you majored in architecture, are you happy with your choice of major?

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Kira’s Answer

Updated Seattle, Washington

From my perspective, am I am an architect who had architecture as major for my first master, architecture is a great topic!

There is a great variety of jobs that prospect graduates can do after they finished university.

I have been working in the field for the last 10 years and I am still impressed how many options are available.

From the role of the designing architect, to the architect who is responsible to develop the tender document, to the role of construction manager or a real estate manager in a big worldwide acting company there are plenty of job variations available. Right now we see that we actually don’t have enough architects/engineers to do all the work as we see worldwide a high inflation in the construction industry.

When I graduated 10 years ago the situation was a bit different. The finical crisis was at its peak. Yet me and most of my classmates managed to get a job.

What I try to say is that the construction industry has its ups and downs. Sometimes the job market is easy to access, sometimes it is a little bit more difficult.

All in all the job on architect, no matter in an architectural office or a company or in the public sector, is very interesting. It is also very diverse as you have to interact with people from adjacent job fields, such as urban planners, structural engineers, etc. More over that every project is different, every building owner is different, every premise is different and you will never stop learning throughout all of your career. Chances of growing are high in my opinion if you are willed to work and grow.

Jonathan’s Answer


Whether or not a major is good or not is directly related to the amount of effort you put in and the quality of work you can produce after you complete your studies.

The bottom line is if you are the best at something and you can produce work that is valuable you will be valued in the job market.

You can look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics for details about the direction of jobs in the field of architecture: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/mobile/architects.htm