The Architecture and Construction cluster is about careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. Think about your home, school, or local retail center. Careers in this cluster are responsible for the details of designing, constructing, and equipping these buildings. That ranges from the architects designing the look and flow of the building, to the carpenters and stone masons building its walls, to the electricians and installers of heating and air conditioning. Architects with knowledge of sustainable, or green, design will be especially in demand.
CTE Courses Offered:
- Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Plumbing
- Computer Aided Drafting & 3D Animation
- Electricity & Cabling
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
Employment in the Architecture and Construction career cluster is expected to grow faster than average over the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that nationwide employment in Architecture and Construction occupations was just over 9 million in 2010 and expects employment to grow to just over 11 million in 2020. This represents the addition of two million new jobs, and an increase in employment of 22 percent, making Architecture and Construction one of this decade’s fastest growing pathways.
According to the BLS news release announcing this recent set of employment projections, “More than one-fourth of the projected fastest growing occupations are related to construction. Employment in most of these occupations, still at low levels in 2010 because of the 2007-09 recession, will recover along with the construction industry. But employment in most construction occupations is not expected to reach pre-recession levels.”
The report Employment Projections for Architecture and Construction, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
The Data Snapshot for Architecture & Construction (PDF) helps educators, students and parents see connections between the Plans of Study and career opportunities in high-skill, high wage, in-demand fields.