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Working As A Job Captain

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Job Captain Do

Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.

Duties

Architects typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures
  • Give preliminary estimates on cost and construction time
  • Prepare structure specifications
  • Direct workers who prepare drawings and documents
  • Prepare scaled drawings, either with computer software or by hand
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors
  • Manage construction contracts
  • Visit worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans
  • Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations

People need places to live, work, play, learn, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places. They work on public or private projects and design both indoor and outdoor spaces. Architects can be commissioned to design anything from a single room to an entire complex of buildings.

Architects discuss the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project with clients. In some cases, architects provide various predesign services, such as feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, cost analyses, and design requirements.

Architects develop final construction plans after discussing and agreeing on the initial proposal with clients. These plans show the building’s appearance and details of its construction. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; and plumbing. Sometimes, landscape plans are included as well. In developing designs, architects must follow state and local building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy access to buildings for people who are disabled.

Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. However, hand-drawing skills are still required, especially during the conceptual stages of a project and when an architect is at a construction site.

As construction continues, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, adhere to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.

Architects may also help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts.

Architects often collaborate with workers in related occupations, such as civil engineers, urban and regional planners, drafters, interior designers, and landscape architects.

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How To Become A Job Captain

There are typically three main steps to becoming a licensed architect: completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Education

In all states, earning a professional degree in architecture is typically the first step to becoming an architect. Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, intended for students with no previous architectural training. Many earn a master’s degree in architecture, which can take 1 to 5 years in addition to the time spent earning a bachelor’s degree. The amount of time required depends on the extent of the student’s previous education and training in architecture.

A typical bachelor’s degree program includes courses in architectural history and theory, building design with an emphasis on computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), structures, construction methods, professional practices, math, physical sciences, and liberal arts. Central to most architectural programs is the design studio, where students apply the skills and concepts learned in the classroom to create drawings and three-dimensional models of their designs.

Currently, 34 states require that architects hold a professional degree in architecture from one of the 123 schools of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). State licensing requirements can be found at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In the states that do not have that requirement, applicants can become licensed with 8 to 13 years of related work experience in addition to a high school diploma. However, most architects in these states still obtain a professional degree in architecture.

Training

All state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a lengthy paid internship—generally 3 years of experience—before they may sit for the Architect Registration Examination. Most new graduates complete their training period by working at architectural firms through the Intern Development Program (IDP), a program run by NCARB that guides students through the internship process. Some states allow a portion of the training to occur in the offices of employers in related careers, such as engineers and general contractors. Architecture students who complete internships while still in school can count some of that time toward the 3-year training period.

Interns in architectural firms may help design part of a project. They may help prepare architectural documents and drawings, build models, and prepare construction drawings on CADD. Interns may also research building codes and write specifications for building materials, installation criteria, the quality of finishes, and other related details. Licensed architects will take the documents that interns produce, make edits to them, finalize plans, and then sign and seal the documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Most states also require some form of continuing education to keep a license, and some additional states are expected to adopt mandatory continuing education. Requirements vary by state but usually involve additional education through workshops, university classes, conferences, self-study courses, or other sources.

A growing number of architects voluntarily seek certification from NCARB. This certification makes it easier to become licensed across states, because it is the primary requirement for reciprocity of licensing among state boards that are NCARB members. In 2014, approximately one-third of all licensed architects had the certification.

Advancement

After many years of work experience, some architects advance to become architectural and engineering managers. These managers typically coordinate the activities of employees and may work on larger construction projects.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architects must understand the content of designs and the context in which they were created. For example, architects must understand the locations of mechanical systems and how those systems affect building operations.

Communication skills. Architects share their ideas, both in oral presentations and in writing, with clients, other architects, and workers who help prepare drawings. Many also give presentations to explain their ideas and designs.

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).

Visualization skills. Architects must be able to see how the parts of a structure relate to each other. They also must be able to visualize how the overall building will look once completed.

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Job Captain Career Paths

Job Captain
Project Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
Real Estate Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Construction Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Construction Manager Senior Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Architect Interior Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Software Engineer Staff Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Design Manager Information Technology Project Manager Project Director
Manager, Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Supervisor Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Management Consultant Project Consultant
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Specialist Project Administrator
Senior Project Coordinator
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Designer Interior Designer Project Manager/Design Manager
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Design Manager Owner Project Superintendent
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Designer Estimator Senior Estimator
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Facilities Project Manager
Manager, Facilities Services
9 Yearsyrs
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Job Captain Demographics

Gender

Male

70.6%

Female

19.3%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.1%

Hispanic or Latino

22.4%

Asian

9.8%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.4%

French

8.6%

Italian

6.9%

German

5.2%

Russian

5.2%

Korean

5.2%

Arabic

5.2%

Japanese

3.4%

Greek

3.4%

Portuguese

1.7%

Turkish

1.7%

Bosnian

1.7%

Serbian

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Croatian

1.7%

Malayalam

1.7%
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Job Captain Education

Schools

Boston Architectural College

10.1%

Pratt Institute-Main

8.6%

University of California - Berkeley

6.4%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

6.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.4%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

6.0%

Arizona State University

5.6%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

5.2%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.1%

Southern California Institute of Architecture

4.1%

Woodbury University

4.1%

University of Washington

3.7%

More Tech Institute

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%

New York University

3.4%

University of Phoenix

3.4%

University of Arizona

3.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.0%
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Majors

Architecture

57.1%

Drafting And Design

7.5%

Interior Design

5.0%

Business

4.5%

Environmental Design

4.3%

Architectural Technology

3.6%

Urban Planning

2.4%

Construction Management

2.4%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Architectural Engineering

1.7%

Fine Arts

1.1%

Architectural Engineering Technology

1.0%

Management

0.9%

Interior Architecture

0.9%

Landscape Architecture

0.9%

Education

0.8%

Civil Engineering

0.8%

Computer Science

0.7%

Real Estate

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.3%

Masters

19.9%

Other

15.7%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$42,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
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$78,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Job Captain make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Job Captain in the United States is $78,758 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $144,000.

Real Job Captain Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Job Captain Fairfax & Sammons Architects, PC New York, NY Apr 24, 2010 $104,000
Job Captain (Architecture) Fairfax & Sammons Architects, PC New York, NY Sep 19, 2011 $104,000
Job Captain (JR. Architect/Jr. Project Manager) Robinson Mills & Williams Sacramento, CA Jan 15, 2014 $90,000
Job Captain McCall Design Group San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2010 $82,270
Job Captain Lessard Group, Inc. Vienna, VA Nov 10, 2009 $80,000
Job Captain MVE + Partners, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 24, 2016 $77,040
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Feb 10, 2013 $77,000 -
$83,430
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2013 $77,000 -
$83,430
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $76,280
Job Captain Fxfowle Architects LLP New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $75,000
Job Captain HKS, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 29, 2016 $74,000
Job Captain (JR. Architect/Jr. Project Manager) Robinson Mills + Williams, Inc. Sacramento, CA Jan 15, 2011 $72,500
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Jan 31, 2012 $69,368 -
$80,000
Job Captain Massa Multimedia Architecture PC Neptune, NJ Nov 01, 2016 $68,000
Job Captain Curtain Wall Design & Consulting, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2012 $66,000
Job Captain Massa Multimedia Architecture PC Neptune, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $65,000
Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Jan 02, 2010 $64,800
Job Captain Holscher Architecture Inc. Belvedere, CA Oct 01, 2013 $64,697
Job Captain HKS, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 19, 2013 $64,000
Job Captain (Architecture) SVA Architects, Incorporated Santa Ana, CA Jun 01, 2015 $57,000
Job Captain HMC Group DBA HMC Architects Pasadena, CA Oct 09, 2007 $56,968
Job Captain Holscher Architecture Inc. Belvedere, CA Sep 15, 2010 $56,850 -
$30
Job Captain Holscher Architecture Belvedere, CA Aug 15, 2010 $56,850 -
$30
Job Captain The Preston Partnership, LLC. Bethesda, MD Sep 01, 2011 $56,000
Job Captain The Preston Partnership, LLC. Vienna, VA Nov 05, 2012 $56,000
Job Captain (Architect) Steinberg Architects San Jose, CA Mar 15, 2010 $55,000 -
$69,000

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Top Skills for A Job Captain

  1. Complete Construction Documents
  2. Consultant Coordination
  3. Construction Administration
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  • Mentored young intern architects proper methods of detailing, coordinating and organizing complete construction documents for construction.
  • Developed complete set of working drawings, from preliminary designs to construction documents, including consultant coordination.
  • Managed all phases of project development; from conceptual design through construction documents, agency permitting and construction administration.
  • Develop construction documents for Interior High-End-Residential projects in AutoCAD.
  • Developed, produced and coordinated design development drawings to construction documents for interior & architectural projects.

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