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Job Description of Architects:

Architects design buildings and other structures. In addition to considering the way these buildings and structures look, they also make sure they are functional,safe, economical and suit the needs of the people who use them.

Employment Facts for Architects:

Architects held about 141,000 jobs in 2008. Most of these jobs were in the architectural,engineering, and related services industry. A small number worked for residential and nonresidential building construction firms and for government agencies. About 21% of all architects was self-employed.Educational Requirements for Architects:

There are three types of professional degrees in architecture offered through colleges and universities:
• 5-year Bachelor of Architecture programs intendedfor students entering programs from high school or with no previous architectural training
• 2-year Master of Architecture programs for students with a preprofessional undergraduate degree inarchitecture or a related area
• 3 or 4-year Master of Architecture programs offered to students with degrees in other disciplines

Other Requirements for Architects:

In the United States those whowant to provide architectural services must be licensed. To become licensed one must earn a professional degree in architecture, complete a period of practical training or internship, and pass alldivisions of the ARE (Architect Registration Examination). In most states, continuing education is required to maintain licensure.

Generally, the professional degree in architecture must be from aschool of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). A few states don't have this requirement.

Advancement of Architects:

A licensed architect, after gainingexperience, may take on increasingly responsible duties and eventual managing entire projects. Architects may advance to supervisory or managerial positions in large firms. Some become partners in...
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