Prospects for Architect Jobs, Future EmploymentWhile demand for architects has been uncertain for several years now - given its early stage nature, we remain optimisitic that it will lead a new construction turnaround continuing through the year 2013 and even into 2014. And this will depend on geographic location of employment and specialty in the field among other influences.
This based primarily on the positive signals in new construction. But know that it does come with a caveat: residential related architects are likely to fair better that practicing commercial architects. Given that the residential sector is beginning to show some glitter, certainly progressing toward the tail of later last year, while the commercial sector is seen about 7% leaner in the year 2012. This, combined with the fact that architect employment is affected more so by the overall trend of commercial building construction and re-development efforts than many other construction-related positions, it no doubt will feel at least some of the pinch of the commercial shrinkage.
However, in the event there is more of an emphasis on rehabilitating and transforming existing structures, if new construction costs keep on rising across many parts of the country as trending continues - architects may look more toward employment with firms that are well established as has happened in the years prior.
A large number of commercial architects may find opportunities slim, depending on specialty. Viewing those involved with areas of healthcare, security and technology; positions may hold, slip or even increase in the coming years depending on the effects and whereabouts of the Obama administration's funding efforts. While at the same time, those related with national defense are expected to undergo cuts associated with national debt.
In the broader swing, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for architects is likely to growth faster than average (24%) for all occupations in the years ranging 2010 to 2020.
In light of the of whole architect job market, it will continue to undergo rising competition. Demanding yet more proven experience & track records and abilities for those well seated in the workplace while becoming more specialized for those entering the workplace. For instance, as applied to green built structures & smart buildings - a phenomenon that may have seen some its greatest periods of change already, based at least in part, in technology growth cycles. As a reflection of this ongoing change, even the AIA's Denver classrooms for 2013 educational seminars are doing away with wired mics! Although, competition for the hiring of entry level positions on-up is likely to keep an influx of labor & choices at the HR door of employers of architects.