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Architect/Designer 

Job Title and Job Description

Architect/Designer 

Self-employed business owner, provide design services for residential and commercial owners.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

Broad field of opportunities: designers, draftsmen (produce drawings by hand and/or by computers) construction observation, and town boards for historic preservation.

What new technology will be important?

Refined CAD integrated with onsite development ­ in-office design linked electronically to on site development will result in faster process for changes; telecommunication; materials and methods in building technology and construction will mimic biology.

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

5-Year Professional DegreeState License 

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

Take a high school level CAD course to find out if you like it. Art, social studies, and environmental science classes are relevant; I feel that math & science are not as important as you may think. You have to be focused for a long journey. 

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

Yes I did; I was interested in how buildings affect people.  

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Athletic / Physical 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important  
Bilingual 2-Less Important2-Less Important  
Computer Technology 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Investigative / Fact Finding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
leadership and Supervising 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Logical Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Math 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important  
Mechanical Understanding 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Sales and Negotiation 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Scientific and Experimental 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important  
Social Service / Helping Skills 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Teaching / Instructing 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important  
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Understanding Yourself 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Writing 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important  
 

Interview By: Architect/Designer