Architecture and Engineering Occupation Profiles


The Architecture and Engineering occupation profiles below include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

Browse for jobs in the challenging technical fields of architecture and engineering. Discover career opportunities in building design and chemical, civil, industrial, or mechanical engineering.

Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 2,521,630 employed in the Architectural and Engineering occupational group earning the mean annual income of $71,430.

Highest Paid

Lowest Paid


What's Hot: Many different types of engineers from "Aerospace" to "Agricultural," "Biomedical," "Chemical" and "Civil" (the largest with 261,360 members), "Industrial" (214,580) and "Electrical," are contained in this Architecture and Engineering group. But the leading moneymakers are "Petroleum Engineers" ($119,140) and "Nuclear Engineers" ($99,750), respectively, well above the group's mean annual income average.

What's Not: Technicians and drafters in several industrial fields comprise the entire top ten on the Least Paid list, e.g., "Surveying and Mapping Technicians"($37,500), "Environmental Engineering Technicians" ($44,440) and "Architectural and Civil Drafters" ($46,390). As of 2008, "Agricultural Engineers" unquestionably represent the smallest (sized) occupation with 2,620 members, less than half the size of the next smallest occupation - "Mining and Geological Engineers" at 6,900.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.