Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

Educational Requirements

for Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a bachelor’s degree. Those with a master’s degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.


Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance.
  • Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Examples of the skills needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Speaking: Talking to others.
  • Critical Thinking: Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Operations Analysis: Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making: Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.


Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Visualization: Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
  • Fluency of Ideas: Coming up with lots of ideas.
  • Written Comprehension: Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Oral Expression: Communicating by speaking.
  • Near Vision: Seeing details up close.

Detailed Work Activities

Examples of the detailed work activities involved with this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities.
  • Direct design or development activities.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Discuss designs or plans with clients.
  • Perform marketing activities.