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10 Best Jobs For Architecture Major In 2022

It can be hard to find the perfect job after you graduate from college. Luckily for students who graduated with an Architecture degree, we have got you covered. We found the jobs that most Architecture majors prefer by examining millions of job listings and 14,114 Architecture major resumes.

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Starting Salary
$62,000
Job openings
110,936
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Starting Salary
$44,000
Job openings
62,932
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Starting Salary
$41,000
Job openings
87,155
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Starting Salary
$46,000
Job openings
59,123
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$31,000
Job openings
131,754
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  San Francisco, CA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$38,000
Job openings
55,933
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.
Starting Salary
$53,000
Job openings
117,956
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Starting Salary
$41,000
Job openings
101,357
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Starting Salary
$43,000
Job openings
99,550
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Miami, FL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Starting Salary
$39,000
Job openings
7,379
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Miami, FL;  
Job Description:
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
65,690
Job Description:
A Project Coordinator runs, administers, and organizes all project activities in an organization. They also provide work direction to staff.
Starting Salary
$60,000
Job openings
217,172
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
54,321
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$48,000
Job openings
51,702
Top Locations:
Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Starting Salary
$28,000
Job openings
133,693
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$83,000
Job openings
127,421
Top Locations:
Atlanta, GA;  Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  
Job Description:
Solutions Architects generally work for information technology (IT) firms. They are responsible for designing information solutions and integrating such solutions with computer hardware.
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
121,745
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.
Starting Salary
$65,000
Job openings
62,910
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Francisco, CA;  Seattle, WA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$61,000
Job openings
166,344
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.
Starting Salary
$33,000
Job openings
66,380
Top Locations:
Denver, CO;  Saint Louis, MO;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.
Starting Salary
$39,000
Job openings
66,367
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  San Francisco, CA;  
Job Description:
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.
Starting Salary
$40,000
Job openings
55,469
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  San Francisco, CA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$65,000
Job openings
104,742
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Starting Salary
$85,000
Job openings
384,332
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Phoenix, AZ;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
13,284
Job Description:
Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters, and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.
Starting Salary
$40,000
Job openings
88,737
Top Locations:
Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  Pittsburgh, PA;  
Job Description:
Landscape architects design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes, and other open areas.
Starting Salary
$45,000
Job openings
126,438
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Starting Salary
$64,000
Job openings
53,512
Top Locations:
Santa Clara, CA;  Hillsboro, OR;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.
Starting Salary
$41,000
Job openings
67,843
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  San Francisco, CA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$45,000
Job openings
90,556
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.
Starting Salary
$38,000
Job openings
84,522
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Miami, FL;  
Job Description:
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Starting Salary
$64,000
Job openings
55,330
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$44,000
Job openings
53,021
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Starting Salary
$48,000
Job openings
17,701
Top Locations:
Washington, DC;  Richfield, MN;  Wayne, NJ;  
Job Description:
Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Starting Salary
$56,000
Job openings
53,811
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Francisco, CA;  Seattle, WA;  
Job Description:
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Starting Salary
$76,000
Job openings
155,877
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
Starting Salary
$65,000
Job openings
107,995
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Francisco, CA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and the usability of products when developing new product concepts.
Starting Salary
$25,000
Job openings
185,391
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
51,642
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.
Starting Salary
$53,000
Job openings
31,210
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular product or industry.
Starting Salary
$55,000
Job openings
214,044
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
Starting Salary
$27,000
Job openings
82,433
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
4,450
Top Locations:
Baton Rouge, LA;  Charlotte, NC;  Dallas, TX;  
Job Description:
Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
Starting Salary
$22,000
Job openings
108,888
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties. Although brokers and agents do similar work, brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Sales agents must work with a real estate broker.
Starting Salary
$23,000
Job openings
157,173
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Starting Salary
$27,000
Job openings
26,839
Top Locations:
Plano, TX;  Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  
Job Description:
Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation, and other details.
Starting Salary
$39,000
Job openings
101,301
Top Locations:
San Antonio, TX;  Azle, TX;  Des Moines, IA;  
Job Description:
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.
Starting Salary
$48,000
Job openings
109,902
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Baltimore, MD;  
Job Description:
Property, real estate, and community association managers take care of the many aspects of residential, commercial, or industrial properties. They make sure the property is well maintained, has a nice appearance, and preserves its resale or leasing value.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
178,809
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Francisco, CA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and the usability of products when developing new product concepts.
Starting Salary
$95,000
Job openings
140,357
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Redmond, WA;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Principal Architects manage all design work at an architecture firm. They ensure that all work is of high professional quality and manage the activity of other design professionals.

What can you do with an Architecture Degree?

Architecture Major Jobs

Average Salary For Architecture Major Jobs

As with other factors, choosing the right industry can change the salary for Architecture majors drastically. If you are in it for the money, you will earn the highest average salary working for a company in the Technology industry where the average salary is $98,935. But, you might only make an average salary of $82,317 working in the Telecommunication industry.

Average Salary By Industry

RankIndustryAverage Architecture Salary Architecture Salary Range
1Technology
$98,935
$69k
$121k
2Finance
$96,526
$69k
$121k
3Manufacturing
$91,242
$69k
$121k
4Health Care
$88,642
$69k
$121k
5Professional
$87,511
$69k
$121k

Entry Level Jobs For Architecture Majors

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How To Get A Job With An Architecture Degree

No matter how many buildings get built, somehow humanity keeps finding a need for more of them. That's where architects come in -- with a strong background in mathematics, engineering, and drafting, architects design buildings for companies, the government, and private citizens alike.

Although the primary industry that those with architecture degrees enter into is that of architecture itself, there are often jobs in related fields that architecture students find play more to their skillsets. But even in the field itself, there are tons of different kinds of architecture, and it can often be difficult for workers to decide exactly which way to apply their expertise within the job market.

Well, that's where we come in. We literally created a map, just for Architecture Majors such as yourself, to navigate your way through the choppy waters of recent graduation.

Feel free to focus on the map alone -- it's pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves. But for those of you who prefer step by step navigation on your path, keep reading. We'll give you the rundown on:

  • What skills you'll need
  • How to begin
  • What jobs you can expect to find as an Architecture Major
  • Some quick interview tips
  • Consider graduate school
  • External resources

First thing's first: what skills you'll need to get started.

1. Skills for Architecture Majors

Skills in the field of Architecture are highly technical, including full knowledge of all drafting and design programs as well as a decent understanding of local building codes. Research skills are helpful, given the necessity of looking up these codes when an architect isn't totally sure they remember all of them, or when certain knowledge of the materials involved with the structure is required.

But creativity plays an important factor as well. Architects are faced with dozens of new problems every day when trying to design a building, and the ability to solve these problems safely and effectively often requires architects to come up with new and creative ways to make some wild design actually work.

Let's take a closer look at what this means for Architecture in particular:

Creativity

Architects design the overall look of houses, buildings, and other structures. Therefore, the final product should be attractive and functional.

Organizational skills

Architects often manage contracts. Therefore, they must keep records related to the details of a project, including total cost, materials used, and progress.

Technical skills

Architects need to use CADD technology to create plans as part of building information modeling (BIM).

2. Where to Begin Your Career After Getting an Architecture Degree

Internships are an excellent way to start accumulating experience in any discipline, gaining valuable resume cache while also helping you start your network of industry contacts.

For Architecture Majors, interns typically find positions with larger engineering or architecture firms, both in the public and private sector. Internships are required for Architecture Majors and last around 2-3 years -- only after completing these are you able to take the ARE (Architecture Registration Examination), which qualifies you to practice architecture.

Much of your work as an intern will be assisting more experienced architects, often researching obscure building codes, double checking documents, and helping create some of the various mock-ups and models used during the design process.

Before you settle on an internship or placement, though, you'll want to make sure it's the right fit for you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where (in the state/the country/the world) do you want to work?
  • What size and type of organization do you want to work for?
  • Do you need compensation in an internship, or might you be able to consider alternative compensation (experience, work samples, references, networking, etc.)
  • Is relocation an option?

3. Available Jobs For Architecture Majors

The obvious path for an Architecture Major to take is to go into architecture, which is still great work if you can get it. But a number of other options also exist for someone with an architecture skillset.

Design jobs on a smaller scale, such as furniture or industrial design, are common choices, and affecting cities on a larger scale by going into urban planning is also an option. Another option is to work with local government to write and update existing building codes, or to enter one of any number of specialized branches of architecture (such as light architecture or sustainable design).

With our map, you can click the Job Titles and learn more specific information for each position (what their responsibilities are, how much they get paid, etc.) But here, we wanted to call out some of the most common jobs for recent Architecture Major grads.

Here are a few of the most interesting jobs for recent grads such as yourself:

  • Architect.
  • Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures. To do this, they typically meet with clients, give cost estimates, prepare drawings, and research local building codes.

  • Urban Planner.
  • Urban Planners use their architecture skills to help design cities and urban spaces in a way that's sustainable and green. Given the encroaching threat of global warming along with continuing population growth, Urban Planners are needed more and more to help design new city spaces or responsibly expand existing ones.

  • Industrial Designer.
  • Industrial Designers work similarly to architects, except that rather focus on large-scale buildings and structures, industrial designers create (relatively) smaller items that can be mass-produced.

    4. Some Quick Job Search Tips for Architecture Majors

    Look For Internships

    When you're struggling to find experience in architecture, internships are an excellent place to get started. Even if you've already had an internship, it can still be to your benefit to assist a larger (or smaller) firm in your spare time.

    Internships in architecture are often paid, which makes it an easier pill to swallow to suggest going after one, but even those that aren't paid carry with them a degree of dedication and even prestige. If a firm doesn't have any positions available, it might even be worth it to volunteer your time for free -- as long as it's a final resort.

    Make a Killer Portfolio (And Keep Track of Your Experience!)

    One of the best things you can do to help you find a job in architecture is to keep track of everything you've ever done and put that work into some kind of readable form. Most engineers have some sort of professional portfolio, but not everyone remembers that the person reading it might not be as instinctively aware of the importance of certain pieces of it as you are.

    Make sure everything in the portfolio is legible and, above all, pretty. When a potential employer looks at it, you want their first impression to be great.

    And if you can, keep a solid record of all the projects you've ever worked on and all the hard skills you've ever learned. In a field like architecture, it's useful when someone asks what you're capable of to be able to give them a pretty thorough answer.

    5. Continuing Education and Certifications in Architecture

    Pursuing an advanced degree

    Obtaining a graduate degree in your course of study can serve as an excellent way to separate you from the herd - but you must first decide whether it's worth your time.

    A Master's in Architecture is more-or-less required for architects, something that is fairly unique to this major. The reason for this is that the Master's is a professional degree, meaning that the designation conferred by the degree is required in order to practice architecture. For this reason, going after a M.Arch. is entirely practical, since the other methods of becoming qualified involve some kind of alternative schooling (such as 4+2 programs, or 5 year architecture programs).

    PhDs, on the other hand, tend to be for those interested in the theory and history of Architecture rather than its practice. PhDs spend most of their time researching or writing, working to expand the field of architectural knowledge as much as they can.

    Here are common advanced degrees that people with an Architecture degree normally consider:

    M.Arch. (Master's in Architecture)

    • Primarily geared toward getting students to be a little more confident in a particular skill or specialization, many Master's degrees are also designed so that graduates will also leave with teaching certifications.

    PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture)

    • PhDs in Architecture focus on conducting research, writing papers, and teaching college students about the field of Architecture.

    6. External Resources

    If you're still not sure what to do with your degree here are some external sites, to help you with your decision:

    American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    A professioanl organization dedicated to promoting the field of architecture, the AIA offers continuing educations, industry publications, networking opportunities, and other membership benefits.

    National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB)

    The NAAB is an accrediting organization that provides accreditation to academic programs related to architectural studies.

    USAJobs

    Enter "[blank]" into the search bar and you can get a sense of what kind of government jobs are available to Visual and Performing Arts Majors. Find a job title you like and come back here to learn more about it.

    Bureau Of Labor Statistics

    The BLS offers detailed data on pay, location, and availability of different kinds of jobs across the country.

    In fact, we draw a lot of our research on the best places for jobs from the information provided on the site.

    And if this all seems like a lot - don't worry - the hard part (getting your degree!) is already over.

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