Planning a Career
According to NCARB, there are approximately 105,000 licensed architects in the United States. According to NAAB, there are approximately 28,000 students are enrolled in accredited architecture programs in the United States; 16,500 are in BArch, 11,000 in MArch and 350 in DArch.
Determining the demand for new architects is complicated by many factors. The cyclical nature of construction activity and the unpredictability of national and world-wide economics make an accurate assessment of the future needs for architects very difficult. However, the National Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook predicts an 16% increase over the next decade.
As in other professions, the better graduates from professional programs have little difficulty finding employment, particularly if they have acquired some summer experience in an office or in building construction and if they are willing to relocate. Often, various sectors of the country will be "booming" while other areas are in a state of near recession.
The education you will receive may also prepare you for many occupations:
Architect - Principal
Computer Systems Analyst
Physical Plant Inspector
Real Estate Appraisers
Real Estate Broker/Analyst
School Plant Consultant
Writer, Technical Publications