As an architect, you’d design the interiors and exteriors of buildings where people live, work, shop and play. The following chart provides an overview about this career. As an architect, your designs must balance competing needs for functionality, safety, aesthetic value and cost efficiency. From initial client discussions to final delivery, you’ll be involved in every phase of a project, and you’d therefore need knowledge of engineering along with solid communication, management and supervisory skills.
Architecture degree programs are available at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels. Architects typically earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree before beginning their professional careers, but you have some flexibility in how you can proceed. With an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree you are able to work entry-level positions, such as a drafter. To become a licensed architect, you’ll need a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Professional degrees include the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and the Master of Architecture. A doctoral degree qualifies you for research and postsecondary teaching positions.
If possible, start preparing for your architecture education in high school. Courses in geometry, algebra, pre-calculus and physics develop your skills with mathematical precision. Courses in the arts and humanities may develop your aesthetic sensibility. Much of modern architecture is designed using computer-aided design (CAD) programs, so familiarity with technology and computers will be helpful.
Before you’re eligible for state licensing, you’ll need to complete a training period under the supervision of a licensed architect. Most training periods last three years, and most architecture program graduates meet the obligation by working an internship.
Being a funeral director is very challenging. The phone rings at 3 AM in the morning with a hospice nurse on the other end of the line telling you that so-and-so has died, that so-and-so’s family is requesting your services and that the family of so-and-so is ready for you to come and pick up so-and-so. The phone rings at 6 PM the next day. Someone needs to see so-and-so … he simply can’t believe so-and-so is dead and must come to the funeral home at once to see so-and-so.
While those of us who stay in this business do so because we love serving people, the lack of personal boundaries can lead to depression. Depression, because my son’s baseball game was at 6 PM, but somebody in so-and-so’s family needed to see so-and-so this very minute. Depression because the emotional needs of others somehow always trump my personal life needs. And all of a sudden “I’m not a good father” and “I’m not happy with my life.”