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Architecture: Career and Education Opportunities in Oregon

Architecture: Architects envision and develop designs for new buildings and structures in the world. Their work combines both technical and artistic skills.

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Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. About 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum 2nd Generation, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the Northwest Film Center.


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Architects plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, and other structural property. Architects need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to identify when problems are more complex then expected and deal with them appropriately.
Landscape Architect

Landscape Architects plan and design land areas for such projects as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites. Landscape Architects need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.