What Can I do With a Degree in Architecture

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.


Resources with Ideas for Careers and Places of Employment

Architecture Firms in Portland, Oregon (with more than 20 employees)

This list was generated from ReferenceUSA, a resource available through the Millar Library and the Multnomah County Library. Search for businesses by a variety of criteria, including: company name, location, number of employees, type of ownership, business type--Standard Industrial Code (SIC) or North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). 

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Careers Reported by Architecture Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Architecture. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Construction Managers
  • Drafters
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Management Analysts
  • Education Administrators
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Financial Managers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Police Officers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Artists
  • Cost Estimators
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Counselors
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Psychologists
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Writers and Authors
  • Dentists
  • Computer Programmers
  • Web Developers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Producers and Directors
  • Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Database Administrators
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Training and Development Specialists

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are general descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Classification specifications can be useful in identifying roles within government organizations for people with an academic background in or knowledge of architecture. Please be aware that internships or other career-related experience may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

City of Portland:

Multnomah County:   

State of Oregon:

Washington County:

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Professional Associations

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Sites with Career-Related Information for Architecture Majors

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