Architects plan and design buildings, provide concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings, negotiate with builders and advise on the procurement of buildings.

Specialisations: Conservation or Heritage Architect.

A bachelor degree in architectural design is needed to work as an Architect. Many Architects complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Obtains advice from clients and management to determine type, style and size of planned buildings and alterations to existing buildings.
  • Provides information regarding designs, materials and estimated building times.
  • Prepares project documentation, including sketches and scale drawings, and integrates structural, mechanical and aesthetic elements in final designs.
  • Writes specifications and contract documents for use by builders and calls tenders on behalf of clients.
  • Inspects construction work in progress to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and quality standards.

More about Architects and Landscape Architects

All Architects and Landscape Architects

  • $1,674 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Architects

  • 17,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 31% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Architects (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 15,000 in 2011 to 17,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Architects work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 31% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Architects in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Architects.

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services89.2
Construction5.7
Public Administration and Safety1.1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.6
Other Industries3.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateArchitectsAll Jobs Average
NSW36.331.6
VIC31.725.6
QLD14.720.0
SA5.07.0
WA8.610.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.31.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-245.1-9.39.3
25-3430.8-22.922.9
35-4426.2-22.022.0
45-5418.2-21.621.6
55-597.0-9.09.0
60-646.0-6.06.0
65 and Over6.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate36.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree56.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.4-21.121.1
Year 122.6-18.118.1
Year 110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in architectural design is needed to work as an Architect. Many Architects complete postgraduate studies.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as an Architect.

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Architects and Landscape Architects who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Design

    90% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  2. Building and Construction

    82% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    73% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    72% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Administration and Management

    68% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    99% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  3. Telephone

    98% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    89% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-1011.00 - Architects, Except Landscape and Naval.

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