Careers in the Licensed Professions


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Architects provide services related to the design and construction of buildings and the spaces around them, to safeguard life, health, safety, property, and the public welfare. Examples of architectural services include:

  • consultation with clients
  • schematic designs and preliminary studies
  • design development
  • construction documents
  • planning and evaluation
  • bidding of the project
  • administration of construction contracts
  • construction management

Education and Experience

“Units of credit” toward an architect’s license are based on your education and experience. You will need 12 units of combined education and experience for licensure. Your experience requirement will depend on the units granted for your education;  generally, at least 3 years of architectural work experience and completion of the Architectural Experience Program™ will be required. Almost 97% of New York's architects have   a bachelor's degree or higher. You can maximize your education credits for licensure by graduating from an architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). For a listing of NAAB-accredited programs, visit the NAAB’s website at Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.


Architecture Registration Examination® developed by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards.





Salary and Projected Growth

  • Salary range: $45,000 (intern architects) - $200,000+ (principal at large firm)
  • Projected growth (NY): average

Where Could I Work?

  • Architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and interior design firms
  • Construction
  • Real Estate Development
  • Government
  • Self-employment

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Design creativity
  • Creative thinking
  • Mathematics and Art
  • Analysis

Professional Skills

  • Creativity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Initiative and Integrity

What Interests You?

Match your interests and personality to career options! Explore a free career tool at

Tip: try searching for mentoring programs— look up the ACE Mentoring program or AIA chapter in your area and talk to an architect about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: May 4, 2022