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Architectural technologist

Architectural technologists manage all stages of the technical design and planning process of building projects.


Arts, Crafts and design

Average annual salary

£20,000 to £60,000

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Entry Requirements:

You’ll usually need a degree in architectural technology, or a related subject like the built environment.

Your degree course needs to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

You may be able to work your way up from a qualified architectural technician (TCIAT) role.

You could get into this job through a degree apprenticeship.

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Required Skills:

You’ll need:

  • drawing skills and the ability to picture objects in 3D
  • management skills for leading projects
  • the ability to analyse data and read technical plans
  • computer aided design (CAD) skills
  • maths skills
  • teamworking skills
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What you’ll do:

You'll work on the design plans of building projects like home extensions and sports stadiums. You'll oversee projects from start to finish. 

Your day-to-day task might include:

  • assessing clients' needs and planning work 
  • collecting and reading technical data
  • creating building plans using CAD software
  • checking construction plans for possible design problems
  • leading the design process and team
  • advising clients on environmental and legal regulations
  • managing contract bids and tenders
  • giving advice to clients and the construction team on which materials and processes to use
  • checking progress and inspecting completed building work
  • advising and reporting on the maintenance and future use of completed building work

You'll work for private architects’ practices, housing associations, property developers, and building and construction companies.

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Starter: £20,000 to £25,000
Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000
Highly Experienced: £60,000 or more

You may earn more if you're self-employed.

These figures are a guide.

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Working Hours:

35 to 40 hours per week

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although you may sometimes have to work extra hours to meet deadlines.

You’ll be mainly office-based, but you’ll also visit clients and construction sites. Travelling to sites and meetings may mean spending time away from home.

You may need to work outdoors in all weathers. 
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Career Path:

Once you have at least 2 years' work experience, you can work towards chartered membership of the CIAT (MCIAT).

With experience you could move into management, work as a consultant or set up your own practice.

You could also work in universities or research.

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