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Architecture Schools

There are 413 accredited architecture schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of architecture classes at one of these schools, you play a necessary role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the architecture academic community and the future trends. Academia in architecture includes architecture training at the following levels:

  • Architecture Certificate
  • Associates degree in Architecture
  • Bachelors degree in Architecture
  • Masters degree in Architecture
  • PhD degree in Architecture


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Architecture professionals

230,250 240,180 247,030 225,890 194,050
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 194,050 architecture professionals working in the US. This number has shrunk by 16% over the course of the past 4 years.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Architecture professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by architecture professionals was $60,357 in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for architecture professionals in the US was 5% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Architecture

$53,750 $56,170 $57,923 $59,620 $60,357
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Architecture professionals' salaries have seen a 12% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Architecture Student enrollment growth by degree

1,730 1,592 1,606 1,551 1,585
9,978 10,307 10,338 10,596 10,490
201 178 199 212 210
5,737 5,946 6,061 6,582 7,134
714 770 905 809 806
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Architecture
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Architecture
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Architecture
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Architecture
  • Grey: Certificate in Architecture

The career outlook for architecture professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 18,360 students graduated from architecture degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 20,225 students graduated from architecture schools.

This represents a 10% change in the number of graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from architecture courses is less than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Architecture Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering architecture programs has decreased. There were 411 architecture schools across the country in 2006. And there were 413 schools in 2010.

Architecture Faculty Salaries

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