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Architect


Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and other physical structures. A wider definition often includes the design of the total built environment from the macro level of town planning, urban design, and landscape architecture to the microlevel of construction details and, sometimes, furniture. The term "Architecture" is also used for the profession of providing architectural services.

Architectural design is primarily driven by the wholistically creative manipulation of mass, space, volume, texture, light, shadow, materials, program, and pragmatic elements such as cost, construction and technology, in order to achieve an end which is aesthetic, functional and often artistic. This distinguishes Architecture from engineering design, which is usually driven primarily by the creative application of mathematical and scientific principles.

Careers

Architects
Wage: $70,320
10 Year Growth Rate: 17.7%
Self Employed: 20.3%
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Employed Part Time: 6.1%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Landscape Architects
Wage: $58,960
10 Year Growth Rate: 16.4%
Self Employed: 18.5%
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Employed Part Time: 6.1%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Drafters
Wage: $44,490
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.1%
Self Employed: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Employed Part Time: 5.9%

Education Requirements:
Postsecondary vocational award