Architect, Getty Museum
Description: Architects plan and design houses, office buildings, factories and other structures.
Knowledge Required: Mathematics, engineering techniques, construction procedures and equipment
Skills: Design often begins as a way to combat a problem, and thus, architects should possess strong problem solving, critical thinking and information ordering skills. Architects are usually interested and proficient in art.
Career Path: After obtaining a degree in Architecture (Associates, Bachelors, or Advanced) and working as an apprentice, architects must pass a state-administered test to gain a license.
Best Cities for this job: Metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles
Median Annual Income: National: $76,750 CA: $88,350
Future Growth: Jobs in architecture and design will become more abundant as green jobs continue to increase. In architecture this includes not only new Green buildings but retrofitting existing structures to make them more energy efficient.
From the field: “You try to take certain amount of chaos that is all around us and give it a sense of order. Buildings, can reach out and create more order in a city that desperately needs it.” - Richard Meier, ArchitectView more Day in the Life videos »