Some sources report that the employment market for Architects will grow 8% from 2018 to 2028, which is higher than the 5% average for all job types. While architecture is linked to the construction industry, which is traditionally unpredictable, the projected job growth for architecture remains high. Between the anticipated demand for new buildings such as universities and schools, there is also a projected increase in “green jobs” for architects. One education website notes, “As people become more aware of how construction affects the environment, the BLS expects that architects will be asked to design structures that reduce pollution and waste and that better conserve our natural resources.”
While the industry appears to be experiencing steady growth, the American Institute of Architecture expects 50,000 new architect grads to enter the field during that same ten-year period. This will undoubtedly lead to increased competition for roles at firms and other companies.
The most important thing that candidates can do to take advantage of this growth and stand apart from the competition is to maintain the right portfolio of projects and a balanced skill set. Here are some areas to focus on in the coming decade.
- Analytical skills: Successful architects are also analysts. They can interpret a design and understand how that design will affect things like existing mechanical systems and building operations.
- Communication skills: Architects don’t work in a silo and can’t just create sketches and blueprints and pass them off. There are important conversations and presentations that often go along with projects getting off the ground and getting over the finish line.
- Creativity: Keeping creative skills sharp is important for architects at any level. As designers, architects need to be able to blend form and function. The more architects expose themselves to different projects, styles, and trends, the stronger foundation they create for themselves to build a successful, long-term career.
- Business and organizational acumen: Architecture requires more than analytics and design – being able to organize the business elements of architectural projects is key. This means being able to manage contracts, estimate costs, track progress, manage materials, and more.
So, what’s the verdict on architecture careers going into 2020 and beyond? The field is expected to continue to grow into the new decade, as is the number of graduates with an education in architecture ready to enter the field. While this may lead to greater industry competition, it also means that there are plenty of opportunities, and staying on top of your skillset gives you an edge as you grow your career. If you’re looking for your next architecture position, contact us today.