Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 17-1011 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Prepare scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools. Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations. Direct activities of technicians engaged in preparing drawings or specification documents. Prepare contract documents for building contractors. Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time. Meet with clients to review or discuss architectural drawings. Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs. Administer construction contracts. Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures. Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentation to generate new work opportunities. Develop final construction plans that include aesthetic representations of the structure or details for its construction. Conduct periodic on-site observations of construction work to monitor compliance with plans. Monitor the work of specialists, such as electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, interior designers, or sound specialists to ensure optimal form or function of designs or final structures. Plan layouts of structural architectural projects. Design or plan construction of green building projects to minimize adverse environmental impact or conserve energy. Represent clients in obtaining bids or awarding construction contracts.
License: This applicant should download information regarding the Intern Development Program from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) website ( for an intern information package. Applicants must enroll in the intern development program. License Application Fee: $150.00 Examination Registration Fee: $10.00 Examination Fee: $210.00 each exam Annual Renewal Fee: $135.00 *New ARE 5.0 exams, six (6) available; total examination fees of $1,260.00 ARE 4.0 exams, seven (7) available; total examination fees of $1,470.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $27.25   Entry $56,681.00
Mean $43.82   Mean $91,142.00
Experience $52.10 Experience $108,367.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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