First, I hope that you didn't go into the profession of architecture for money. If you did, your professors should have advised you to change your major without delay! I agree that we are the most abused group of highly dedicated and gifted people that have been blessed with the heart-felt desire to make the world a better place... by both our employers and the general public. Do you think that a doctor's patient or lawyer's client feel that their professional advise is not needed and worth paying for when they are sick or being sued. The truth is that in those instances, any professional cost is agreeable and warranted. The general public think architects as an additional cost to their endeavors that can be avoided.... and guess what... most contractors will advise them that they are totally correct in their erroneous thinking. An architect receives a 6% fee for his education, vision, construction documents, construction administration, and hard work... not to mention liability. A real estate agent receives the same or greater fee for showing the property to prospective buyers and negating the sale. UNFAIR... without a doubt... but welcome to reality. I received my professional degree over 20 years ago and it was the same then and I don't believe that it is going to get any better. YOU have to LOVE what you are called to do with the knowledge that you will almost NEVER be acknowledge for what you do or justly compensated financially at the level of other profession. You are also facing the worst time to be entering the job market in 20 years. If you are an architect... my advise is to hang in there and do what you have to do so you can practice your art! If you are someone who happens to have a degree in architecture, you may want consider and additional associates degree in some type of medical tech. field. You will make more money and have much greater job security in bad economic times.