Job Outlook for Architects
I recently visited Illinois Institute of Technology’s architecture department, and was quite impressed. I enjoy the close proximity to the city of Chicago, and the high energy campus feel. The campus also had many modern buildings. Overall IIT is defiantly staying on my list of colleges.
The entire architecture building was practically filled with students studying architecture. I was shocked to find out that the studio did not even start for another half an hour, because of the amount of students committed to their project by coming early. It was interesting to see the differences in the students year levels. The first year students were talkative, and moving around freely visiting with others. As I visited the more advanced students I saw more work on their desks, more laptops, and generally more intensity. As I got the the fifth year students I saw that they were all silent. They were working on their final projects that would be complete within a couple months.
Out of the few schools that actually have accredited architecture programs in my area, IIT seems like a great choice so far. The others schools that have accredited programs in Illinois are University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Judson University, Southern Illinois University, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Job Description of Architects:
Architects design buildings and other structures. In addition to considering the way these buildings and structures look, they also make sure they are functional, safe, economical and suit the needs of the people who use them.
Employment Facts for Architects:
Architects held about 141, 000 jobs in 2008. Most of these jobs were in the architectural, engineering, and related services industry. A small number worked for residential and nonresidential building construction firms and for government agencies. About 21% of all architects was self-employed.