I am being an architect RIGHT NOW (or would be if I wasn't on the HP, obvs.)and although there is a lot of school (you pretty much have to get a masters to become a registered architect anywhere in North America) it is a great job in that you can practice up to and beyond retirement age. The cut-off for being a 'young' architect is about 40.
@Super Nintendo Chalmers just logged in to say your screen name is my literal name and it is wigging me out.
That is all.
@Absurd Bird Why should she have to pay for more than her salad and water? Maybe she was saving up! Maybe she had crazy student loans! Just because she has a big salary doesn't absolve everyone else from paying *their* fair share. As long as she covers what she orders AND A TIP, how on earth is that 'really sh*tty'??
@garli THIS. to be a homeowner, I apparently have two options: move so far out of town the commute begins to exceed the time I spend *at* work, or (continue) to spend ALL THE MONEY on a place where I can bike to work (and groceries, and friend-homes). Neither is appealing, but I'm certainly not going to move to Kelowna (not to mention my bf and I both have jobs that really only exist in large cities and cannot telecommute)
@redheaded&crazie: Completely off-topic, I wish you good luck in Whistler and for goodness sake BAG IT UP because there are endemic STD's there due to the non-stop party atmosphere generated by a million transient Aussies. Also, possibly the best place on the continent to be a single lady.
I would like to see more articles with the final tag.
@liznieve: it's certainly the case that you can apply for licensure if you are broadly experienced (usually about 10 years of work directly under a licensed professional), but it has been my understanding that the US has been phasing out bachelor's programs in architecture (as was done at my university in about 2001 or so). Has that not been your experience? It certainly puts folks with a bachelor's degree in architecture at a terrible disadvantage while trying to find a job if that isn't the case, which may also result in their low employment.
I'm guessing a good reason for low employment rates for students who only have an undergraduate degree in architecture is the fact you can't work as an architect until you have a master's. It's called an entry-level graduate degree for a reason!