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Architect

Last modified: August 27, 2012, 12:30 PM
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This is an ideal career for visionary thinkers. Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them, as well as make alterations to existing buildings. You produce detailed workings and drawings – both manually and computer aided – to meet the needs of the client.

Salary p/a
39 - 250k+
Qualifications
Degree
Intensity
Sitting
Demand
High
Travel
Low
Conditions
Indoor
Weekly Hours
50-60
Pros
  • Creating a unique, rare structure from start to finish
  • The pay is good if you are good
  • Your work overcomes even the biggest of downers
Cons
  • Formal qualification take a long time
  • The breadth of knowledge is huge, almost impossible to comprehend
  • Every one who can draw a little thinks they can design a structure
The Bottom Line

Real architecture is about much more than the pragmatics of getting a building 'built', which is what sets architects apart from 'building designers' or 'draftspeople. It is a noble profession which teaches critical thinking through design and makes a positive contribution to society.

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