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what other jobs can your pursue with an architectural degree?

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James’s Answer

An architectural degree opens up many opportunities, but is a significant investment of time and effort. Its worth taking the time to consider why you would take that path if the career isn't one that you are sure about.

I say this because I spent 10 years studying architecture before I became fully qualified. I then worked as an architect for a further 4 years before deciding it wasnt the career for me and moved into software. Now, I work for a large multinational company that provides software for designers and I love my job. I've worked in consulting, product management and now sales.

So I guess to give you a specific answer to your question, the answer is a never ending list...!

My degrees in architecture helped me to get where I am however, and the time I spent studying were some of the best years of my life (six of them at university - as long as my medical friends). It is fantastic for fostering creativity and teaching you to express it (design), and the discipline of communicating and debating it (do some research into the crit process), and it also teaches you many other 'soft' skills such as working in teams, working to deadlines and facilitating (architects are often the centre of design teams in a project environment). In short, an architectural education opens many opportunities - which may be a good choice if you arent sure now. Just beware that it is a long and demanding course if you then decide to change into another career later on.

I hope this helps!

James recommends the following next steps:

Take a look at the curriculum of an architectural school - see if the activities are ones that you will enjoy studying
Take a look at Ranjit's answer to your question and research some of the careers he suggested - I'd agree they are all possible with an architectural degree
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David’s Answer

Here are some of the top other jobs you can pursue with an architectural degree:

- Product Designer
- Tech-Founder
- Real-Estate Developer
- Urban Entrepreneur
- Graphic Designer
- 3D Visualization Artist
- PR and Communications Specialist

Overall, it your specialty, passion, and interest in these kind of job(s). I have a biology and legal studies degree, but I work in the Hospitality, Tourism, Casino industry for a long period of time already. It is really what you are passionate about doing and able to stick and stay with it. With the degree you have it is a on and off situation but like said it is about your passion and interest. So maybe re-think about it or do some research and see where it bring you to and go from there. There is always time to move around from one job to another in different area and interest. All about the opportunities that is given to you and how you will lead it.
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Ranjit’s Answer

Here are some jobs you can pursue with an architectural degree:

- Town Planner
- Property risk management
- Real-Estate development
- Landscape architect
- Interior Designer
- Project management
- Construction Supervisor

It is easy to start in one role and transition to a different role later in your career. Keep your options open and have a willingness to learn every day. You will have to gain new skills and keep upto date with technological advancements to stay relevant in your role.
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Kellen’s Answer

I work in software development. The product lead on my team has a background in architecture. I am often amazing at his eye for aesthetics. He can see patterns well and through his expertise has the vocabulary and insight needed to think through how people interact with environments. In our case, these are software environments. He is a total pro!

It is more than what you will learn from the degree. You will broaden yourself and you can apply that to all sorts of things. Architecture is everywhere once you learn it. As an expert in distributed network systems, it is amazing how often I can see them in other things like nature, kitchens, social circles -- it is amazing to learn and grow, and the world will shift through the lens that you build through knowledge.
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