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How to become an Architect

The requirements for becoming an architect may vary depending on where you live, but they at least involve:

  1. Graduating high school, preferably with courses in geometry, algebra, pre-calculus, physics and art
  2. Earning a bachelor's degree in architecture or a B.Sc. or B.A. in architecture
  3. Earning a master's or doctoral degree in architecture
  4. Completing an internship with an architectural or engineering company
  5. Obtaining a license to practice as an architect, if required by your region
How to become: Project Architect · Building Architect · Software Architect · Architectural Designer · Architectural Technician
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Typical qualifications for an Architect

Your Indeed Profile has 5 of the 6 qualifications typically needed to be an Architect.
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Architect jobs in United States

SoC Architect
Austin, TX
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Hardware Architect
Cupertino, CA
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Design Architect
Roanoke, VA
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Architect | Education
Dallas, TX
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Architect | Aviation
Los Angeles, CA
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Career progression for Architect

Education levels for Architects

Based on the requirements of Architect job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's degree54.5%
Master's degree30.7%
High school diploma or GED7.6%
Associate's degree7.2%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Architect in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$52,600
4 - 8$71,800
8 - 12$96,800
12 - 16$119,800
16 - 20$132,500
20 - 24$142,300
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Common questions about career advices for an Architect

What are the skills required to work as an architect?

Skills that are required to work as an architect are creative, problem-solving, communication, excellent financial management, etc.

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What kind of education do you need to be an architect?

To become an entry-level architect you need:

  • A bachelor's degree: 5 years and the program must be a National Architectural Accrediting Board accredited
  • An internship: 3 years in the Intern Development Program
  • A National Council of Architectural Registration Boards license
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Why does it take so long to become an architect?

It takes a long time to earn accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Depending on the curriculum and length of the program, it may take around five to seven years. On top of this, you need to get an architectural license that requires relevant hands-on experience accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, as well as several exam credentials.

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