Career Cluster 2018

Architecture and Construction

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways related to architecture and construction, such as design, maintenance operations and more, it is important to note the specific areas that apply to the cluster and the skills needed within those pathways.

In the Architecture and Construction cluster, one can find hands-on jobs such as carpentry, pipelaying, plumbing and much more. Individuals can also find jobs in this cluster that don't necessarily involve strenuous manual labor such as drafting, architecture, civil engineering and tons more. 

While the Architecture and Construction career cluster offers an extremely wide range of occupations, the field does require a set of all-encompassing basic skills. These requirements include basic skills such as knowing the vocabulary and visual cues from the field in order to apply them to design and construction situations as well as advanced skills such as using geometric formulas to determine areas and volumes of various structures while conceptualizing a three-dimensional form from a two-dimensional drawing. Of course there are a wide gamut of skills in between as well. 

The different pathways individuals can take through the Architecture and Construction career cluster includes design/pre-construction, construction and maintenance/operations. Within these pathways lie numerous occupations and opportunities for individuals to perfect their skill within the industry. Within these pathways lie a number of necessary skills to properly do the job as well.

For example, an individual looking to take the design/pre-construction pathway will need to know how to justify design solutions through the use of research documentation and the analysis of data. 

The path to landing one of these occupations begins in high school with core courses such as Construction Fundamentals and Introduction to Built Environment. 

The degree needed for this career cluster varies. For example, someone looking to become an architect would need to get a bachelor's degree while someone looking to become a carpenter would need a high school degree. 

Over 75,000 Arkansas residents are expected to be employed in occupations in this career cluster by 2026, an increase of more than 11 percent. About half of the occupations can earn above Arkansas' 2017 mean annual wage of $40,530, with the highest-paying occupation being Environmental Engineer at $91,980 per year. 

Occupations in this cluster include: Civil Engineer, Drafter, Electrical Engineer, Boilermaker, Carpenter, Estimator, Electrician, Plumber, Sheetmetal Worker, and much more. 

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What are some of the Architecture and Construction degree and certification programs?

There are lots of degree and certification options in Arkansas through the various universities, colleges and technical schools. Training and education for architecture and construction in the state should be easy to find. Here are just a few of the programs:

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
Architectural and Construction Engineering 
Architectural Studies
Building Performing Analyst
Civil and Construction Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Aided Drafting – Architectural Design
Construction Equipment Operation
Construction Management
Construction Science
Construction Technology
Construction Welding
Digital Design
Drafting and Computer Aided Design Technology – Architecture
Electrical Engineering
Electronics Technology
Engineering Technology
Environmental Engineering
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
HVAC/Electronics & Instrumentation
Industrial Electricity
Industrial Electronics
Landscape Architecture
Mechanical Engineering
Metal Fabrication