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Architect

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Architects design new buildings and adapt or restore existing buildings. They are actively involved in every stage of a building project, from original idea to completion.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

For self-employed architects most of the income may derive from negotiated fees. The salary for students on their placement after year 3 of their degree (Part 1) would earn £18,000 to £21,000 a year. This rises up to between £24,000 to £30,000 on completion of BArch or MArch (Part 2). A newly registered architect on completion of Part 3 can earn £30,000 to £45,000 a year.

Senior or associate architects may earn up to £60,000 or more a year, depending on the size of the firm.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

The majority of architects work in small private architectural practices. Other jobs are with local authorities, the Civil Service, the Health Service, industry or commerce.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3463
0.8 %
RISE
2023
3490
  United Kingdom
2018
41682
4.1 %
RISE
2023
43409

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What Does it Take?

You need:

You should be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Architects Registration Board (ARB)
Tel: 020 7580 5861
E-mail: info@arb.org.uk
Website: http://www.arb.org.uk/
Twitter: @ARBUK1997
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ARBUK1997

Architecture+DesignScotland
Tel: 0131 556 6699
E-mail: info@ads.org.uk
Website: http://www.ads.org.uk
Twitter: @ArcDesSco
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArcDesSco

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
Tel: 0131 229 7545
E-mail: info@rias.org.uk
Website: http://www.rias.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RIASorg/

Royal Institute of British Architects
Tel: 020 7580 5533
E-mail: info@riba.org
Website: http://www.architecture.com/
Twitter: @RIBA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RIBAarchitecture

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