Study shows Architecture Graduates with Highest Unemployment Rate

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A recent study released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce states that students who have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture have experience the highest rates of unemployment. The information was gathered using 2009 and 2010 data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Continue reading after the break for more detail information about the study.

Undergraduate architecture students are reportedly facing 13.9 percent unemployment rates, compared to the other struggling majors in the arts at 11.1 percent and the humanities at 9.4 percent. These numbers are significantly higher than the 8.9 percent unemployment rate of recent graduates with Bachelor’s Degrees. Health (5.4 percent), education (5.4 percent) and agriculture and natural resources (7 percent) were among the majors with the lowest unemployment rates.

The statics are stirring up more debates over the value college, questioning whether the increasing cost of higher education is worth the investment. However, when compared to the 22.9 percent unemployment rate for those with only a high school diploma the numbers start looking a little better. Furthermore, the Georgetown press release suggests considering a graduate degree. Recent Architecture graduates with a Master’s Degree are reportedly experiencing only a 7.7 percent unemployment rate.

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Reference: Georgetown University, The Washington Post

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Study shows Architecture Graduates with Highest Unemployment Rate" 04 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Matthew Claus

    Is this because offices are requiring a masters degree or because they simply aren’t hiring anyone?

    • Omegaoveride

      Its a service profession that relies on the economy. Slow economy = no one designing something = no need for an architect or recent intern architect. So many firms don’t need to hire new hands.

      Sadly, you don’t need an architect to build a building. People come to an architect to have something designed.

  • Jim Prendergast

    isn’t this a bit misleading as most architecture programs are now 4 year bachelors plus 2 year masters professional programs? a bachelocom degree is no longer a viable level of education for an architect and therefore less employable. a professional degree is required for eligibility for the licensing exam.

    • Nik Akarepis

      5 year degrees in the states are professional degrees so no need to obtain your master’s.

  • Martin Hedin

    Economic meltdown?

  • mario

    Only masters degree. Bachelor its to little on the world.

  • Viktor

    not because of higher requirements of Masters but because there are too many architects already and too many who wants to be it, a disbalance

  • TOP x Architecture

    we need to create more wars to knock down buildings, then there will be enough work for everyone

    • jeb

      yes, and maybe to kill some architects to free up some space in the profession.

      • jim

        this just in, oil under hadids house. im calling halliburton and we’ll be there with the army tomorrow!

      • fwe

        :buying halliburton stocks:

  • Aaron Aardvark

    And this is newsworthy?

    The public wants what it will not pay for. Cf. movies!

    Until institutional and private HOARDING cease
    will built design commissions commence–approx. 10 years.

    Get used to it.

  • dUFFY

    Essentially I believe there is no one single cause, a slow economic climate coupled with ever increasing employment standards for young graduates simply means there are not as many jobs and the jobs that are available are harder to get.
    I firmly believe that Architecture is at risk because we simply cannot go on building at the rate we have in the 20th Century, that doesn’t mean we cant start recycling the cities we have already built, it simply means the 21st century will not be characterised by progress at all costs.

  • Ivan