Architectural Project Manager
Coordinate building projects, from design to construction.
Becoming an Architect is a career choice that offers variety to your day, challenges your creativity, stretches your problem-solving muscles, and rewards you with the chance to have your beautiful and artistic designs stamped all over town. Whether you want to design buildings or specialize as an Interior Architect or Landscape Architect, you’ll need to start with a degree in architecture.
Fortunately, architecture programs are not difficult to find. However, before you pick a school, you’ll want to do some research in the state where you hope to work. If you want to become licensed, some states require that you graduate from a school accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
Once you’ve picked your school, make your long-term plan. An associate’s degree will prepare you for an entry-level job in computer-aided design (CAD) or assisting an Architect. You might even be able to find courses or an online degree in architecture to get you started.
Add a few more years of school and you’ll hold a bachelor’s degree, which will give you the math, design, engineering, computer, and art knowledge that you’ll need on the job.
If you’re serious about becoming an Architect, earn your master’s degree. It will take another year, but it will open doors for your internship and long-term work opportunities.
Speaking of internships, plan to spend three years after school learning the trade through an experienced Architect. This is the best way to gain the skills so that you can launch out on your own or become part of a team at an architectural firm.
With a degree from an accredited school and an internship under your belt, the final step is to become licensed by passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Requirements vary by state, so check with your state’s licensing board.