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A degree in architecture prepares an individual with skills and knowledge to begin a career as an architect. Through an architectural program, students will be exposed to the various aspects of architecture, including structural engineering, aesthetics, building codes and so on. A student of architecture must be able to bring together a cross section of educational disciplines and apply them to the design and development of a structure. Most individuals pursuing a degree in architecture will do so through a five year architecture program, while others may enter into a master's program due to their educational background and experience.
A curriculum in architecture may include:
- Architecture Design
- Building Construction
- History of Architecture
Every state in the United States requires an architect to be licensed and all states require 3 years of experience under a professional prior to becoming eligible for licensure, some states may allow internship in related fields to apply toward their three years. Most states require graduation from one of the nationally accredited architecture schools, though some states have different requirements, thus schools without such accreditation may still fulfill licensure requirements.
An architect is responsible for the design of a given structure, be it office building or residence. The architect will determine the cost of construction and work with contractors to turn designs and models into reality. An architect must do this within code and budget. Architects will also typically visit worksites and oversee construction to ensure that work and construction are with spec.
Job growth for architects is expected to be much faster than average over the next decade due to an increasing population and renovations on older buildings requiring new technology. The average salary for an architect is approximately $25,000 per year.