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Architectural and Engineering Managers

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Quick Facts : Architectural and Engineering Managers*
2010 Median Pay$119,260
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012176,800
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change15,200

Architectural and engineering managers plan, coordinate, and direct activities in architecture and engineering, including research and development in these fields. They determine technical goals, such as improving manufacturing or building processes, or developing new products or designs, and then they make detailed plans to accomplish these goals.

What Architectural and Engineering Managers Do

  • Make detailed plans to reach technical goals, such as development of new products and designs
  • Manage research and development teams that produce new products, processes, or designs, or improve existing ones
  • Check the technical accuracy of the work and soundness of the methods their staff uses
  • Confer with other levels of management on architectural and engineering activities
  • Propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs

Work Environment

Architectural and engineering managers spend most of their time in an office. Some managers may also work in industrial plants and laboratories or at construction sites. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of architectural and engineering managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020 as it should be affected by many of the same factors that affect the growth of the staff that these managers supervise.
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The average salary of architectural and engineering managers was $119,260 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Architectural and Engineering Managers

Architectural and engineering managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment in their fields. Nearly all architectural and engineering managers have at least a bachelor's degree in some specialty of engineering or a professional degree in architecture.
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