Architecture Jobs: Important Statistics You Should Know | 2022

Updated: Oct 4


A graphic representing officials reading architecture jobs employment statistics
A graphic representing officials reading architecture jobs employment statistics | Source: Freepik

Last night, I was discussing with my younger sibling about his career perspective after secondary education, and I was highly impressed by the fact that he wanted to be an architect. Moving forward, he told me a few things about the profile of the architects alongside that the growth of architecture is declining. Many of my readers might be in a similar dilemma, I guess. So for them, especially, I have searched the internet and read all the statistics provided by governments for architecture jobs in different countries to solve your query.


In this article, you will perceive the following things:

Profile Of Architect Trend Chart of Architect Job Stats of employment in the US of an architect Stats of Employment in Europe of an architect The Skillset needs Growth in coming years Final Words


Let us begin without entering into second thoughts.


Profile Of An Architect.


Let us start with the question of what architects do. So all you see around, from tall buildings to a single-room apartment, everything is designed by him. Whether you go for a public or private project, you have to hire him.


It's not only about designing the interiors or outdoors but analysis of the objectives, requirements and budget of the project before final plans. There are environmental impact studies, geographical conditions for site selection, cost analysis and other components as well.


In brief, if I talk about the responsibilities of an architect, they are the following.


1. Determine the key objectives for structure, whether residential, commercial, or other purposes.

2. Provide a brief specification of the project; including budget and construction time.

3. Manage the designing part, sketches and complete scaled drawings.

4. Compose the construction contracts of the contractor and supervise them thoroughly.

5. Doing the changes as per the requirements in the construction.



Now when you know about the basics of the profile of an architect, you must know about the technical skills needed too. One of my friends has already compared the best 25 software for beginners, professionals and medium users. You can check it out here.


The next crucial thing that you must know is about landscape architecture. The prevalent landscape architecture is a broad topic, which I intend to discuss on my first podcast this week. But first things first, so let us understand the brief on the background of the landscape architect.

The specialized area brings the aspects of architecture, design, botany, fine arts, horticulture, environmental psychology, geography, ecology and soil science. It is a fusion of fields that intend to bring career opportunities in designing recreational and commercial facilities, university campuses, and private residencies that bring ecological sustainability.


I think this is enough information to curate or digest in one go. So let us move on to our second section covering real-world data on architecture jobs.


Trend Chart Of Architecture Jobs.


When I checked Google Trends for disciplinary Architecture, there is a highly favourable graph depicting positive growth, but comparatively, architecture jobs are lesser. It may also suggest that people move to self-architect firms or other career options are growing among the disciple.


Check the graph below to understand better what I am trying to say.


A screenshot of Google Trends comparing architect jobs and architecture search terms worldwide growth in last 5 years
A screenshot of Google Trends comparing architect jobs and architecture search terms worldwide growth in last 5 years


Employment Statistics In The US Of Architect.


According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, the median pay in 2021 for an architect is $80,180 per year and $38.55 per hour.


$18.7bn Architects Wages in the US in 2022.

1.7% Architects in the US Wage Growth in 2022.

1.2% Architects in the US Annualized Wage Growth 2017–2022.


According to US data, the following are the colleges popular among architects.


US Institutions with most degrees awarded in Architecture, 2020
US Institutions with most degrees awarded in Architecture, 2020 | Source: datausa.io

Let's take a look at the graph below, which shows the growth in salaries for architects over the past few years. In addition to the chart, you can see the highest-paying job areas.


Yearly Income for common Architecture Jobs in USA in 2019
Yearly Income for common Architecture Jobs in USA in 2019 | Source: datausa.io

Highest Paying Locations for architects in USA, 2019
Highest Paying Locations for architects in USA, 2019 | Source: datausa.io

Let us understand the architect gap between degrees and gender. The following graph describes it.


Architects Statistics By Gender in USA
Architects Statistics By Gender in USA | Source: Zippia

Architects Gender Over Time
Architects Gender Over Time | Source: Zippia


Employment Statistics In The Europe Of An Architect.


In 2020, there were around 560,000 architects in Europe, with two-thirds of them coming from the UK, IT, DE, FR, and ES. The total contribution of architects to Europe's economy is 17 Billion Euros.


The below chart intends to tell you about the estimated number of architects in Europe in 2020.


Estimated number of architects in Europe, 2020
Estimated number of architects in Europe, 2020 | Source: Architects' Council Of Europe

When I checked the change in the estimated number of architects from 2010 to 2020, it's surprising that the growth remains intact. Check the following chart for reference.


Change In Estimated Number Of Architects In Europe 2010 To 2020
Change In Estimated Number Of Architects In Europe 2010 To 2020 | Source: Architects' Council Of Europe

Below are charts that illustrate the male-female balance in the profession with demographics.

Gender split among architects in Europe





Skill Set Needed For Architecture Jobs.


While Universities and internships can teach an architect a lot about technical skills needed to design and be comprehensive, there is one blind spot. Could you guess for a moment?


Let me tell you about those skills! Those are marketing and sales skills needed for client management, business development, strategic thinking, and relationship management so that one can establish their own business if they don't wish to continue with a job.


I have already linked an article about the technical skills or software used, but soft skills are rarely taught. So, to establish a firm, one must have all the knowledge.


Growth In Coming Years.


With numerous kinds of jobs and opportunities in architecture, there come different growth rates for all. Let us check all of them accordingly.


Occupation

Salary Per Year

Construction and building inspectors

$54,616

Construction managers

$74,730

Cost estimators

$56,567

Drafters

$55,567

Interior designers

$50,224

Landscape architects

$55,167

Real estate developers

$125,255

Restoration architects

$72,694

Urban and regional planners

$57,490


Final Words.


With the pandemic and ongoing recession, it is crucial for us at the moment to let our future architects learn about business tools and real-life experiences. It is not always about the philosophy and history of the architecture that encourages and influences one's design but about the business tools. How easily they can get clients even in a time of recession, matters. However, with the above data sheets, architecture can never go down or be replaced but is in steady growth.


Did I miss something that is relevant? Let me know what more can be suggested or put into the article!

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