There are currently an estimated 128,800 architects in the United States. The architect job market is expected to grow by 4.2% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are architects?

CareerExplorer rates architects with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 9,900 architects. That number is based on 5,400 additional architects, and the retirement of 4,500 existing architects.

Are architects in demand?

As the population of the Sun Belt states in the southern United States continues to grow, there will be a demand for architects to plan, design, and oversee the construction of homes, schools, and businesses in these areas. In addition, as baby boomers reach retirement age there will be increased demand for retirement communities and health care facilities. The need to replace aging structures of all types will also mean significant job prospects for architects throughout and likely beyond the next decade. Applicants, however, will continue to outnumber available positions and competition for employment will continue to be strong, particularly in prestigious firms.

What’s the supply of architects?

The architect industry is concentrated in California, New York, Texas

Architect job market by state

State Name Employed Architects
California 13,880
New York 12,740
Texas 8,730
Illinois 5,140
Florida 4,490
Pennsylvania 4,040
Washington 3,930
Colorado 3,490
Massachusetts 3,050
Ohio 3,020
Virginia 2,910
Georgia 2,480
Maryland 2,440
Michigan 2,290
North Carolina 2,210
New Jersey 2,140
Missouri 2,080
District of Columbia 1,980
Minnesota 1,750
Oregon 1,570
Wisconsin 1,310
Arizona 1,290
Indiana 1,270
Tennessee 1,250
Louisiana 1,100
Alabama 1,090
Kansas 950
South Carolina 910
Utah 900
Connecticut 890
Kentucky 820
Oklahoma 750
Hawaii 690
Nebraska 640
Arkansas 600
Montana 550
New Mexico 440
Iowa 430
Nevada 410
Mississippi 290
Maine 290
Idaho 280
Puerto Rico 260
North Dakota 240
Vermont 240
Rhode Island 230
New Hampshire 230
Alaska 170
West Virginia 140
Delaware 140
South Dakota 120
Wyoming 100
Guam 40