Architects conceive, plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, institutional and residential buildings.
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Architects work for architectural firms, private corporations, governments or they may be self-employed.
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 1,390
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Architects may specialize in a type of construction such as residential, commercial, industrial or institutional
Work in this field is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, although some time may be spent on construction sites.
Source: 2016 Census
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Promotion to senior positions, such as chief architect, is possible with experience.