Architects

(NOC 2151)
+12.4%
 

Outlook

These statistics are for the career grouping of Architects, Urban Planners and Land Surveyors.

Currently your work prospects are rated GOOD because:

The number of architects remained fairly steady during the recession at the beginning of the 90s and in the years that followed, despite the sharp decline in employment in the construction industry, and subsequently increased sharply. These changes are mainly attributable to the trends that affect the construction industry and changes in the demand for architectural services. Given the anticipated growth in construction, the demand for architectural services and the strong competition from other occupations active in these types of services, the number of architects is expected to increase slightly over the next few years.

Openings will come primarily from opportunities that arise when architects retire or change jobs and, to a lesser degree, from employment increase. In fact, experience and training in this area may lead to jobs as site managers, entrepreneurs and teachers, and to promotion to management-level jobs.

Over the past 20 years, the number of architects increased at a slightly faster pace than employment in the construction industry. This was mainly because of growth in the demand for architectural services.

The main reason for this growth in demand was an expansion in the range of services provided by architects, such as urban design, preliminary studies, management and project co-ordination consulting, feasibility studies and facilities planning. Consequently, architects have assumed an increasingly important role in understanding the impact of the environment on individuals, the improvement of building performance and the design of special environments.

Strong growth in home ownership is also increasing the demand for architectural services. People who have a home built for them are generally much more concerned about the architectural elements than people who rent.

Because many of the people in this occupation are self-employed they are less subject to fluctuations in employment than other workers in the construction industry. Before they get out of the business they are in, self-employed workers tend to scale back their level of activity and income.

As in past years, architects will face strong competition, as there are many professionals, designers and technicians who offer some of the same services provided by architects (construction management, urban planning, etc.) but at a lower cost. For example, these professionals and technicians, who include architectural technologists (NOC 2251), are authorized to sign and seal architectural plans and specifications for the construction, expansion, reconstruction, renovation or alteration of some buildings, including detached single-family homes and most buildings not more than two storeys high and with not more than 300 square metres of gross floor area. In other cases, architects are hired as subcontractors only.

Given the anticipated growth in construction, the demand for architectural services and the strong competition from other occupations active in these types of services, the number of architects is expected to increase slightly over the next few years.

Computer-based communication tools make it possible to improve and accelerate contacts between architects and other partners in the construction sector. Engineers, architects, entrepreneurs and their clients can discuss and modify an architectural project presentation in real time.

Job Seekers: 12,628
Job Openings: 13,378

Job prospects for this career are rated Fair

Last Updated: May 10, 2012