requirement of architects in US


Which field of designing have higher scope for job there in US? (graphic designer/ interior/ architect/ planner,etc)

Jun 26, 19 11:32 am
Non Sequitur

That's a pretty broad question.

Why don't you focus your studies on a subject you're passionate about (or good at) instead of focusing on on available jobs?

Jun 26, 19 11:46 am

LOL. It wasn't that long ago people were telling passionate newbies asking for advice on how to get into architecture to abandon their passion because of low pay/no jobs/terrible work environment/etc.

Non Sequitur

But I typically don't offer that POV on the profession... but the OP is most certainly going to be disappointed if they can't tell apart graphic design from a M.Arch.

Sorry, I should have specified that I'm not laughing at your response, nor accusing you of changing viewpoints, just laughing at how things have generally changed in a few years where it used to be "forget passion, go into something that lets you pay bills."

Non Sequitur

I am passionate about many things. Most are not related to my day-job as an architect... but those things that are, annoy the living fuck out of my wife and friends. 8-)


First, if you are choosing something to be a CAREER versus just a job, then you have to have both a certain degree of passion for the work you will be doing AND you have to be reasonably good at it. Passion is a part of the equation for a career. If you don't have any passion then don't make architecture a career. Maybe a short term job but not a career which you will be in it for decades not just a 1 year stint (give or take some months). Having a job does not mean you have to like the work. You are working so you get paid. A career is something you SHOULD have some passion for and it should pay. There are some fields where you might not want to enter as a career because of poor pay and whatever. Choosing a career to enter into involves multiple criteria to discern about. 

You have to think about practical considerations like: will you have the practical means of getting the education and training to enter into the career, will you have a likelihood of getting employed (like the hiring demand), will you be reasonably paid for your time and effort, etc. but you also have to ask yourself, can you stand the work involved in a given career you maybe considering. Is the work such that you can't stand then you probably won't be able to do it for the long haul. Sure, every career has some stuff that is undesireable but does the overall stuff that you do that you enjoy outweighs the stuff you don't enjoy. 

Be realistic and honest with yourself. If you hate the work and are feeling miserable during work and on your off hours for doing the work of this career than don't make this your career. If you can't do the work well at all and just shitty at it, then you don't belong in this career and should be honest with yourself and do something you are at least reasonably competent at. 

If you suck, get out and do something else that you don't suck at that you enjoy doing that you can support yourself and maybe a family. Otherwise, you are just bullshitting yourself. As far as a job, if it pays then that's money to pay the bills but don't try to stay at the job any longer than you need to get into a better job or career that you can live with. If you don't feel alive and living while in this field, you might want to consider a change of career or direction.... a change otherwise, you'll be miserable and disenchanted.

NS, this thread was resurrected by archinect today. Check out how OneLostArchitect, geezertect, and others responded to a very thoughtful post from a first time poster just over a year ago. 

I'd upvote both your response here as well as in that thread. I just laughed because I was expecting a barrage of the other type of responses.

Non Sequitur

Thanks EI, I do remember that discussion but did know it turned into such a dumpster fire.


What exactly do you mean by "higher scope for job"? 
There are so many factors:   There are far more graphic designer jobs than architect jobs - but there are also far more people competing for them.  Architecture is typically more drastically impacted by the ups and downs of the construction industry.  Interior designers usually start to feel the impact of a recession sooner than most architects do, but on average are less drastically affected (this is because of the relative scales/scopes of their projects, and the sequence of how design trends and phases occur - it's too complicated to get into here - you should read some books on economics and design if you really care about these things.) Architects tend to be seen as more useful as they age, up to a point (there's an oft-quoted rule of thumb that most architects don't even reach full competence in the field until their mid 50s) while the graphic design field is so driven by youth culture that designers fret at being less employable by 28.  A large % of planners work in government jobs, which insulates some of them better from economic trends, though nobody is truly recession-proof - but many planners have very low salaries, especially those employed outside of major cities. 

If this is related to your past thread on where to get a masters, it sounds like maybe you should get a job first and find out whether you like working in one of these fields, have any aptitude at it, and what you care about doing.

Jun 26, 19 3:13 pm

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