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Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Develop final construction plans that include aesthetic representations of the structure or details for its construction.
    • Prepare scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools.
    • Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
    • Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
    • Meet with clients to review or discuss architectural drawings.
    • Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
    • Monitor the work of specialists, such as electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, interior designers, or sound specialists to ensure optimal form or function of designs or final structures.
    • Plan layouts of structural architectural projects.
    • Conduct periodic on-site observations of construction work to monitor compliance with plans.
    • Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
    • Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
    • Direct activities of technicians engaged in preparing drawings or specification documents.
    • Administer construction contracts.
    • Create three-dimensional or interactive representations of designs, using computer-assisted design software.
    • Represent clients in obtaining bids or awarding construction contracts.
    • Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentations to generate new work opportunities.
    • Perform predesign services, such as feasibility or environmental impact studies.
    • Design structures that incorporate environmentally friendly building practices or concepts, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
    • Design or plan construction of green building projects to minimize adverse environmental impact or conserve energy.
    • Gather information related to projects' environmental sustainability or operational efficiency.
    • Inspect proposed building sites to determine suitability for construction.
    • Design environmentally sound structural upgrades to existing buildings, such as natural lighting systems, green roofs, or rainwater collection systems.
    • Calculate potential energy savings by comparing estimated energy consumption of proposed design to baseline standards.
    • Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, or reports.


    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Operations Analysis

      Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.


    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,900
    • Yearly Projected Openings 330

    Typical Education


    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Integrity


    • Saws
    • Power saws
    • Photocopiers
    • Drafting kits or sets
    • Compasses


    • Project management software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Data base management system software
    • Computer aided design CAD software


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