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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Architect field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33382CAD EngineerMale30 $47,000Ashburn, VA01/01/2010
32729Project ManagerMale46 $67,250Temple, GA01/01/2010


Residential and commercial buildings have to be designed by someone, and if you become an architect, that person could be you. An architect is a professional who has undergone specialized schooling to learn how to design buildings.

Architects focus not only on the aesthetics of a building, but also on the functionality. This includes everything from making sure that the building will be properly supported to ensuring that the building has a good flow and serves its intended purpose. Architects must design a building to accommodate an appropriate number of people, to withstand weather conditions, and to be well-suited for its desired function.

Clients, including residential homeowners, municipalities, schools, hospitals, and other businesses, typically commission those in the architecture profession. Architects must bring creativity to the table, as well as an in-depth knowledge of building codes and safety requirements. An architect may build a scale-model of a building to be constructed or may use computer assisted design (CAD) software to complete building design and provide a representation the finished product.

As an architect, you may work independently, for developers, or for architecture firms. The work environment during the design process is generally in an office, and architects can often work on their own schedules while designing structures. However, after blue prints are completed and construction begins, architects are often expected to be on-site to ensure plans are being followed and the construction is proceeding according to specifications.

If you are interested in architecture, browse the career profile of qualified architects below. Speaking with real professionals in the architecture field has allowed us to give you the inside scoop. You can learn about salaries, educational backgrounds, career paths, and more.

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