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Yes, architects are happy; this is reflected in the fact that architects report higher-than-average levels of satisfaction in their work. The combination of practical business and engineering with design and creativity can make architecture a fulfilling profession for many people. This is one of the few professions that allow one to use their artistic talents to create beautiful and functional structures that serve practical purposes in people's lives.
Yes, architects get paid well. While architects earn high annual salaries, their exact pay is dependent on their educational credentials, licensing, work experience, job position, employer, industry, and job location.
An architect plans and designs buildings and generally plays a key role in their construction. Architects design buildings, but their job description involves responsibility for much more than just the artistic design elements.
The demand for architects is about average. The average growth rate for all occupations is 5%. The expected growth rate for architects is only 4%. Architects are in demand, however, the job market is flooded with more applicants than there are jobs available.
Architects will always be needed to plan, design, and manage the construction of new homes, offices, businesses, etc. The need for new health care facilities is expected to grow as well as the desire for new facilities for schools and universities. As current structures age, they will need to be replaced and or repaired, and architects will be needed for these projects as well.
There will always be a demand for architects. The problem is that the job market is too competitive. The number of available jobs is far less than the number of people looking for positions.
Architects can have many jobs, including: