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whats the edication for architects?

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Celia’s Answer

Usually this requires a Bachelor Degree in Engineering or Architecture. Other options that require less education or training would be drafting or Auto-CAD. The job market for Engineers is good. Architecture jobs are less available. Drafting and Auto-CAD jobs vary from state to state, but many people with this training end up doing contract work rather than working in a job with high wages and benefits.

As you explore your job future, you may want to think about what is most important to you. Do you want a hands on job, one where you can see the results right away, one that requires creativity, one that can be done part-time, or a full time job, one that pays well, one with benefits, one close to ? Answering these questions can help you make a choice that makes sense for you.

You can find more information about jobs at https://www.onetonline.org/
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Emily’s Answer

The education to become an architect typically requires the following:

1) A 4-6 degree program at a NAAB / NCARB accredited college or university (all states require at least a bachelor's degree, whereas, most states require a master's degree)

2) The passing of the 6 ARE 5.0 exams for licensure

After that, you are legally an architect! Check out NCARB (https://www.ncarb.org/) or NAAB (https://www.ncarb.org/become-architect/study-architecture/accredited-programs) for more information.

Also, note that you would be surprised at the availability of jobs for architects. A lot of people are under-educated about the field and the diversity of roles that someone with an architectural education can take on. Do your research and stay-informed!

Its a very rewarding job.
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Constance’s Answer

Hi Nathan,
A degree and licensing is required to become an Architect.

• Bachelor of Architecture programs last 5 years and focus on architectural theory, structural design, and construction methodology. Some programs combine classroom and design studio work along with paid professional work experience
• Master of Architecture programs mostly require a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies. NAAB approved programs can take from 1 to 5 years to complete based upon a student’s previous architectural studies. Like undergraduate programs Master of Architecture programs incorporate paid professional work in the field, as well as faculty supervised studio work.
• Doctor of Architecture and PH.D. in Architecture has one accredited D-Arch program by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), offered by University of Hawaii- Manoa. This university allows students straight from high school to enroll. The program is a seven year program offering a combination of undergraduate and graduate study. This degree can offer other options to architecture like research, consulting, or teaching positions.
• Architectural Internships may be required from programs approved by the NAAB to meet state licensing requirements. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) oversees the Intern Development Program (IDP) to insure interns receive specific training in construction documents, schematic design and other relevant areas. Interns are expected to maintain work reports that document their experience. For further information you can go to www.ncarb.org.
• Architectural Licenses are required in states, but can vary by state. Architects must pass the NCARB’s Architect Registration examination (ARE).
• According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Architects earned an annual median salary of $79K and also predicted 8% employment growth from 2018 – 2028. This excludes naval and landscape architects)
Good luck Nathan!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the info. This was really helpful. Nathan
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John’s Answer

Hi Nathan,

I went to Architecture school in Ohio and ultimately went into other fields after graduation. What Celia's said is 100% accurate and in addition to the Bachelors degree you will need to pass an assessment before becoming licensed to sign on architectural documents.

Here is a website with those details: https://www.ncarb.org/pass-the-are

I would recommend understanding what field of architecture you are interested in (I was Landscape Architecture because I was interested in designing Zoos, Football fields, schools, etc while my Architecture friends where more interested in high rise and residential plans) and then determine which school will give you what you need to succeed, within your budget for education. You can do this normally by coordinating with your school to see if you can get into some shadow programs with local architecture firms to talk to actual architects and make sure it's right for you and your goals.

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Cool, thank you for this info. I'll definitly check this stuff out. Nathan
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