Architects plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, residential and institutional buildings. They can find work in architecture firms, private and government companies or can be self-employed.
Job prospects for architects
All jobs available in the labour market in Canada are classified as per the National Classification Code (NOC). Each of the occupation groups has a unique 4-digit NOC code assigned.
In Canada, an individual working in an occupation with NOC 2151 can expect to earn somewhere between CAD 26.00/hour and CAD 62.50/hour.
Generally, an architect (NOC 2151) can usually expect to earn somewhere between CAD 23.08/hour and CAD 60.10/hour in Canada.
The median or average wage for this profession is approximately CAD 35.58 per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is CAD 42.84 per hour.
|Prevailing Hourly wages for NOC 2151 in Canada|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Prince Edward Island||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Skills/Knowledge required for NOC 2151 in Canada
Generally, the following skills and knowledge will be required for working in Canada as an architect –
|Skills||Analysis||· Analyzing information
· Projecting outcomes
|Communication||· Advising and consulting
· Professional communicating
· Promoting and selling
· Liaising and networking
· Negotiating and adjudicating
|Creative expression||· Designing
|Knowledge||Engineering and Technology||· Design
· Engineering and applied technologies
· Building and construction
|Law and public safety||Public safety and security|
|Business, finance and management||Client service|
3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for NOC 2151 is good in most provinces of Canada.
Future job prospects for NOC 2151 in Canada, by province and territory.
|Job prospects||Location in Canada|
· British Columbia
· Nova Scotia
|Undetermined||· New Brunswick
· Newfoundland and Labrador
· Northwest Territories
· Prince Edward Island
There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited architecture school or completion of syllabus of studies from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
- A master’s degree in architecture may sometimes be required.
- Completion of a three-year internship under the supervision of a licensed architect.
- It is required to complete the architect’s registration test.
- Registration with the Provincial Architects’ Association in the province of work is necessary.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification which is offered by the Canada Green Building Council could be required by some employers.
Professional license requirements
Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. This requirement can vary with each province.
NOC 2151 comes under regulated occupations in the different provinces and territories in Canada.
The regulatory authority that certifies the individual will be as per the province or territory that the individual intends working in Canada in.
|Alberta||Alberta Association of Architects|
|British Columbia||Architectural Institute of British Columbia|
|Manitoba||Manitoba Association of Architects|
|New Brunswick||Architects’ Association of New Brunswick|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Architects Licensing Board of Newfoundland & Labrador|
|Northwest Territories||Northwest Territories Association of Architects|
|Nova Scotia||Nova Scotia Association of Architects|
|Ontario||Ontario Association of Architects|
|Prince Edward Island||Architects Association of Prince Edward Island|
|Quebec||Ordre des architectes du Québec|
|Saskatchewan||Saskatchewan Association of Architects|
Responsibilities of architects
- Consult with clients to decide the form, style and intent of renovations or construction of new buildings that are considered.
- Conceptualize and design buildings and create plans that define design requirements, construction materials, costs and schedules for construction.
- Prepare drawings and models for clients.
- Prepare or supervise the processing of plans, specifications and other building documents for use.
- Prepare tender papers, engage in contract negotiations, and grant contracts for construction.
- Monitoring construction site operations to ensure compliance with requirements.
- Conduct feasibility assessments and development project financial evaluations.
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