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1,780 Master's Degrees Annually
126 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#79 in Popularity (Master's)
$99,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Architecture Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general architecture graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,780
Doctor’s Degree 126
Graduate Certificate 45

What General Architecture Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to architecture and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Architecture Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.

Skills for Architecture Majors

A major in architecture prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Architecture Majors

As a architecture major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a General Architecture Major?

People with a architecture degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 4.2% $79,380
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in General Architecture?

1,780 Master's Degrees Annually
46% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Roughly 46% of the graduates are women, and 54% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of architecture majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Architecture Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 73
Black or African American 99
Hispanic or Latino 285
White 854
International Students 389
Other Races/Ethnicities 80

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Architecture, too. About 21.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do General Architecture Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in architecture was $50,950 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $48,325 (25th percentile) and $53,200 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to architecture.

Salaries According to BLS

Architecture majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $88,860 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with architecture require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for architecture careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 47.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.9%
Master’s Degree 23.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 9.1%
Doctoral Degree 10.0%

Online General Architecture Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 schools offered some type of general architecture program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 11 2
Bachelor’s Degree 13 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 103 3
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 23 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Architecture Worth It?

The median salary for a architecture grad is $99,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,188,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to architecture.

Major Number of Grads
Architectural Sciences & Technology 2,827
Urban & Regional Planning 1,852
Landscape Architecture 432
Real Estate Development 358
Interior Architecture 169
Environmental Design 109
Architecture (Other) 82
Architectural History 36

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