Career Enjoyment: architect
An architect designs and oversees constructions of various types, such as buildings, bridges, landscapes, large-scale IT systems, infrastructures, and large moving structures such as ships. This career tends to have salaries in the range £40-90k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a very high earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: opportunity for creativity, the challenge of leadership, diversity of tasks, problem solving, relating ideas to clients, personal connection with clients, creating a lasting and cherished legacy, working in a team, designing parts of large projects, technical challenges.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: compromises in design, the inefficacy of other team members, the demands of project management, having to check compliance with detailed legislation, politics (e.g.: greed/self interest of clients, having to bend to unqualified opinion), spending time in front of a computer, stress.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - architect - was 4.4, making it more enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly more iNtuition than Sensing.
- More Thinking than Feeling.
- An equal balance between Judgment and Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: dealing with data or detailed information; strategic thinking; thinking about what motivates people; solving practical problems; theorising or analysing.
The job does not involve as much: maintaining good relationships; developing other people; people wanting things from you.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.