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Architecture : Degrees and Careers for Military and Veterans

Building a Great Career: Getting a Degree in Architecture

Architecture is the art and practice of designing and constructing buildings. Earning a degree in Architecture can prepare students for a great career with excellent pay. Popular across all degree levels, architecture can be found as Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degree program. Architecture can also be found at the Associate degree level and as a certificate program.

Certificate in Architecture

A Certificate in Architecture prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions in the field of architecture such as drafter, inspector, or materials technician. A certificate program can also be used as preparation for a baccalaureate program. Skills taught at the Certificate level include:

  • graphic communication skills including mechanical perspectives with shades and shadows.
  • three dimensional representations using both electronic and manual methods.
  • familiarity with components, materials, types, and methods of building construction
  • familiarity with terminology of the industry.
  • use of computer-aided design software to generate three-dimensional models and design presentations.
  • familiarity with building code requirements.

Associate Degree in Architecture

An Associate Degree in Architecture will prepare students for a career in the field of architecture with a wide range of desirable skills. Students will be able to positive participate in a co-operative group learning environment. At the conclusion of a successful program, students should be able to produce a complete set of architectural plans that may be submitted for plan check approval.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Architecture

Drafter – Use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Median Annual Salary: $51,000.

Building Inspector – Ensure that construction meets building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Median Annual Salary: $61,000.

GI Bill-approved Schools with an Associate’s in Architecture

Ready to start your Certificate or Associate Degree in Architecture? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Allan Hancock College

Offers an Associate in Science degree in Architectural Drafting and a Certificate of Accomplishment in Architectural Drafting. Allan Hancock College does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture

An undergraduate degree in Architecture will address a variety of aspects important in a holistic education including:

  • content knowledge and mastery
  • problem-solving skills
  • higher order thinking
  • a positive educational experience within the context of developing life-long skills

A successful undergraduate Architecture program will provide the foundation required to prepare students for an internship in an architectural firm and for eventual licensing as an architect. Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture:

Technical Education Teacher– Instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects such as architectural drafting. Median Annual Salary: $58,000.

Landscape Architect– Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites. Median Annual Salary: $75,000.

Architects– Plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures. Median Annual Salary: $81,000.

GI Bill-approved Schools with Bachelor’s in Architecture

Ready to start your Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Michigan State University

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Experience Architecture (XA). This is a unique, interdisciplinary major in MSU’s College of Arts and Letters. Michigan State participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

New School of Architecture and Design

Offers a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. New School of Architecture and Design participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Syracuse University

Offers a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch). Syracuse University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Master’s Degree in Architecture

A Master’s Degree in Architecture is a popular choice for those seeking to become a licensed architect as well as those who do not want to pursue licensure but instead take other career paths such as research or teaching.

In comprehensive graduate programs, students should gain a deeper knowledge of architecture’s techniques, traditions, methods of inquiry, and modes of production.

For those ultimately seeking professional licensure as an architect, schools with programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) are desired. Often these programs will be notated as a “First Professional” degree and/or IPAL (Integrated Path to Professional Licensure).

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Architecture

Architectural Manager– Plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural companies. Median Annual Salary: $145,000.

GI Bill-approved Schools with Master’s in Architecture

Ready to start your Master’s Degree in Architecture? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

New School of Architecture and Design

Offers a Master of Architecture, Master of Science of Architecture, and a Master of Architectural Studies. New School of Architecture and Design participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Syracuse University

Offers a Master of Architecture (MArch) and a post-professional Master of Science (MS) in Architecture. Syracuse University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Doctorate in Architecture

Earning a doctoral degree in Architecture will help bring students to the apex of their educational career. Students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture. A doctoral degree offers students the opportunity to become well-respected experts in their field.

Jobs with a Doctoral Degree in Architecture:

Postsecondary teacher – Instruct students in Architecture courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Author – Develop written content for various types of media on the topic of Architecture. Median Annual Salary: $122,000.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.