I’M HERE TO CLEAR A FEW THINGS UP
So some of you might have stumbled upon this hilarious little ditty from Yahoo within the ongoings of your life as an architecture student on the internet.
At first, I thought maybe architecture was stated to be the #1 Unwanted Degree by Yahoo Education because of things like the copious amount of work, long sleepless studio hours, and countless opportunities to cut yourself while building a model. These are all things that, like any professional degree, come with the territory, but this article seems to be written with a specific agenda, which in my opinion renders it invalid.
Let’s break this down together.
“Earning a bachelor’s in architecture might impress a lot of people, but according to a 2012 study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, “Hard Times, College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal,” it might not impress a lot of employers.”
First of all they said a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture. Many of the people who get a Bachelor’s degree in architecture go back to school to get their Master’s. So if they are taking the numbers of unemployed graduates after earning their Bachelor’s, the unemployment rate is probably low because the majority of them are still in school and aren’t even seeking jobs yet. Plus they did not specify which degree they were referring to. A Bachelor of Science degree in architecture is a non professional degree which would encourage you to enroll in a Master’s program before hitting the workforce. It might not impress employers?? It would be hard to impress any employer when you’re not looking for a job yet. So these “facts” may be skewed a bit.
And that can be tough to take, says Lynn, since architecture is such an industry-specific major. “If there’s not a job offer waiting when you graduate, then it can be very frustrating because it can be very hard to maneuver into another career path with this degree due to its narrow focus,” says Lynn.
This one made me laugh pretty good. :) So basically they are calling architecture an “Industry specific major with a narrow focus.” Yes, because all we do is build houses. All day, everyday, we just play with our little AUTOCAD program and build houses. Pardon my sarcastic tongue, but I would like to point out that architecture, as a major, contains one of the most versatile curriculum and the list of obtainable skill-sets combat even the highest ranking of professional degrees. Here is a list of skills you learn while in architecture school:
- Research and analytical skills
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to conceptualize and understand spatial relationships
- Ability to define and address complex problems, using creativity
- Awareness of the multifaceted circumstances surrounding a project, including cultural influences, environmental, social and political concerns
- Understand the importance of combining utility with aesthetics
- Knowledge and awareness of the construction industry
- Negotiation with vendors and clients
- Design skills, including the ability to visually communicate ideas to others
- Computer skills - Including everything from Microsoft Word and Keynote to advance 3d modeling software (**See bottom for reference**)
- Project Management and leadership skills
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Business development and decision making skills
- Economic analyzation
- How to open and maintain a professional practice
- Marketing and brand identity skills
…I’m honestly getting tired of writing, but you get the point.
Perhaps that’s the reason the “Hard Times” study found a 13.9 percent unemployment rate among recent architecture grads. The study’s co-author, Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, says this is due to the national collapse in the housing industry.
Come on Yahoo you’re better than this… If the architecture degree is the #1 unwanted degree because of the national collapse in the housing industry, that means that their entire hypothesis is time specific, not because this degree lacks essential core values diminishing it’s worth.
The best part is when they say to Earn a Business Administration degree instead! That sure doesn’t sound like a politically charged statement. (Sarcasm Intended) In fact, I think that might be dumbest thing I have ever heard. That is like telling someone who wants to be a surgeon that they would have a better chance of getting a job at Wal-mart.
"They have so many opportunities. Pick an industry, any industry - pharmaceutical industry, banking, technology, energy industry, health care industry - they all hire business majors." says Lynn
Look Lynn, I hate to burst your bubble here, but I guarantee that on the design end I would be able to work with any of those fields with my degree in architecture. Every one of those industries need buildings, branding and design, and many other business attributes that I would be able to offer with a degree in architecture.
But thats not even the point.
I am a designer. Those other industries might be great for other people, but not for me. If I wanted to be a banker or work as a health care administrator, maybe I would have enrolled in a business administration major, but it is within my interests to be a creator of the built environment.
We don’t go to school for architecture because of all of the plentiful job offers we will receive when we graduate. We do it because we are different. We don’t do it because it is easy. We will go up and go down, see the unemployment rate rise and drop, and will see riches as well as be broke as hell, but we do this because we love it more than anything else. If we wanted a “real job” there are a million other things we can do, but what we do as architects is not a job. It may sound stupid, but what we do is a calling. We are the designers of a life worth living and we make people happy with what we do.
I understand the article, and statistics are statistics, but choosing a better word choice within your titles would help maintain the integrity of your argument. “Don’t bother earning these 5 degrees” provides the less informed audience with a skewed reality of this degree. How do you think high graduates who want to pursue a career in architectural design will feel after reading your article? They might think that this degree is worthless based off of the title of the article, but a degree in architecture is not worthless.
Architecture is a calling, and it is not for everybody, but for people like me; I would say it is actually the #1 MOST wanted degree.
- Mark Perrett, tipsforarchitectureschool
Read original article from Yahoo here: "Don’t bother earning these 5 degrees"
**Reference Article** for architecture degree skills