What Can I Do With a Major in Architecture?
Nearly half of all architecture majors go on to work as architects, and nearly all work in occupations that are closely related to architecture. In fact, only 15% of graduates go on to work in occupations that are unrelated to their college studies.
Those that do go into other fields often work in sales (particularly real estate and insurance), engineering, or as teachers, school administrators, and other occupations within the education industry. Architecture majors work in just about every industry.
If you want to work in a field closely related to architecture, you should do your best to get an internship in college. Real world work experience is incredibly important when it comes to finding employment in this field, and an internship will help provide you with the experience you need to find full time employment after graduation. The career services center at your college or university is a great resource for identifying internship opportunities. Professors and advisors within the architecture department are also great resources.
Careers for Architecture Majors
Below is a list of common career choices for students who graduate with a degree in architecture. This is not a comprehensive list (graduates go on to do more things than we could possibly list), but it should give you an idea of the types of work that architecture majors do.
|Occupation||Median Salary||Median Hourly||Current jobs||Outlook||Required Education|
|Architectural Drafter||$49,600||$23.85||118,380||Normal||Bachelor’s degree|
|Civil Engineer||$77,560||$37.29||278,360||Good||Bachelor’s degree|
|Construction Manager||$91,440||$43.96||551,000||Good||Bachelor’s degree|
|Insurance Sales Agent||$46,770||$22.49||434,770||Good||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Interior Designer||$46,280||$22.25||71,720||Normal||Bachelor’s degree|
|Landscape Architect||$64,820||$31.16||26,720||Good||Bachelor’s degree|
|Real Estate Agent||$40,030||$19.25||394,420||Good||Vocational Award|
|Real Estate Appraiser||$48,500||$23.32||92,360||Normal||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Real Estate Broker||$54,910||$19.25||123,390||Normal||Some College|
|Urban Planner||$67,090||$32.25||38,400||Normal||Master’s degree|