This Occupational Research Report is based on the career information obtained on the occupation of architecture. if focuses on the potential career of being an architect, the steps leading to obtaining a position and training, as well as the future growth and outlook of this occupation.
According to Lee W. Waldrep (2010), author of the book Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, an architect is an imaginative person who designs a wide spectrum of structures for buildings (Waldrep, 2010, p 2). These structures must meet safety requirements in addition to being aesthetically pleasing. Architects must compete with other architects to attract clients by presenting designs. This process generally rests on building a good reputation as an architect. Because of the nature and the large amounts of time spent on designing, architects must work long hours when their skill is required during different stages of construction.
The training required to become a practicing architect in Oregon is a bachelor’s degree. The individual must graduate with a degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Accrediting Board. According to the Oregon Career Information System’s (CIS) website, last updated in April of 2011, extensive training is required.
As stated by Inside Oregon (2009), in an article titled UO Architecture Programs Receive High national Ranking, the University of Oregon offers an undergraduate program that was ranked one of the top ten programs in the nation and a graduate program that was ranked as one of the top five best interior architecture programs. Its programs are notorious for their strong theory based applied design as wells as a diversity of tactics and methodologies to undergraduate, especially to graduate studies that are not provided at other architectural training institutions; rendering acceptance into this program to be very competitive.
The average salary of an architect ranges from a minimum of $30,000 in the nation and to an average of $66,000 in Oregon, according to Architecture Career: Salary, last updated in April of 2010, a website that provides information for individuals with an interest in architecture as a career (see chart on website).
The work environment for an architect is generally more relaxed in order to allow the architect to design easier, this means that the architect may be spending ours in an office or design space, in the initial stages of design. The architect may be required to be present during the different stages of construction and thus be at the mercy of weather and construction conditions. Architects also must interact with many groups of people such as city officials, clients, engineers, etc. which provides for a dynamic work environment.
According to the Career Education Advisor, a website that offers information about a variety of careers, last updated in 2007, the Architect Future Career Outlook predicted that architectural occupations will grow in the next...