Architects are licensed professionals who design houses, office buildings and other structures, and they must have a bachelor's degree, design ability and computer skills to succeed in this profession. Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor put the median pay for an architect in 2012 at $73,090 per year.
To become a licensed architect, one must first obtain a professional degree, after which he must work at a paid internship until he is ready to pass the Architect Registration Exam. Then he can branch out on his own or go to work for an established firm.
The earliest known architect was Imhotep, who lived around 2600 BC. He was considered a god, designed his own tomb and is one of the greatest pyramid designers in history. Imhotep is also credited with being the first architect to use columns to support a structure. Thanks to Imhotep's ingenuity, today's architects and builders use a variety of materials and techniques to design a variety of structures.
Those thinking of becoming an architect can enjoy more job availability than ever before. The industry is expected to grow by about 17 percent between 2012 and 2022. Roughly 18,600 jobs will become available during those years.