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Career Profile: Architectural and Engineering Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 197,800 people employed as architectural and engineering managers in the United States. The median annual salary is $149,500. Entry level employees earn approximately $95,310 per year and senior employees earn approximately $208,000 (or more) per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Manage the coordination and overall integration of technical activities in architecture or engineering projects.
  • Direct, review, or approve project design changes.
  • Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications.
  • Prepare budgets, bids, or contracts.
  • Present and explain proposals, reports, or findings to clients.
  • Confer with management, production, or marketing staff to discuss project specifications or procedures.
  • Assess project feasibility by analyzing technology, resource needs, or market demand.
  • Review, recommend, or approve contracts or cost estimates.
  • Develop or implement policies, standards, or procedures for engineering and technical work.
  • Establish scientific or technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management.
  • Direct recruitment, placement, and evaluation of architecture or engineering project staff.
  • Perform administrative functions, such as reviewing or writing reports, approving expenditures, enforcing rules, or purchasing of materials or services.
  • Develop or implement programs to improve sustainability or reduce the environmental impacts of engineering or architecture activities or operations.
  • Evaluate the environmental impacts of engineering, architecture, or research and development activities.
  • Plan or direct the installation, testing, operation, maintenance, or repair of facilities or equipment.
  • Identify environmental threats or opportunities associated with the development and launch of new technologies.
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate survey work with other project activities.
  • Evaluate environmental regulations or social pressures related to environmental issues to inform strategic or operational decision-making.
  • Solicit project support by conferring with officials or providing information to the public.
  • Administer highway planning, construction, or maintenance.
  • Direct the engineering of water control, treatment, or distribution projects.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
197,800
Annual Openings:
14,700
Increase in Openings by 2030:
4%
Annual Salary Range:
$95,310 - $208,000
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree