What can I do with my course in design (architecture)
Careers in design (architecture)
As a graduate of design, you may find employment in a wide variety of occupations ranging from urban planning, property development, teaching, interior design and even disaster relief.
As an architect you may be involved with the planning and design, construction, enlargement, conservation, restoration or alteration of a building or group of buildings. You will create environments and spaces that are functional, efficient and stylish.
You need the ability to manage projects within budgetary guidelines, manage teams of people working on a project, and act as a mediator to coordinate, negotiate and resolve issues.
Sustainability and "green" jobs are also a growth area for architecture graduates. However, most architects work in architectural firms or for businesses that have large construction programs. Many start their own practice after a few years of experience.
Skills and attributes
Key skills that architecture graduates demonstrate include:
- Technical / IT skills
- Creative flair and lateral thinking skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to analyse and critically assess problems
- Ability to see the big picture and attention to the detail
- Negotiation and mediation skills to resolve complex building issues
Related occupations include:
- Architectural drafter
- Building contractor
- Interior designer
- Urban planner
Salary and job outlook
You can learn more about salaries and job outcomes for architecture graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.
Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.
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