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Architecture: Career and Education Opportunities in Rhode Island

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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Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and biggest city is Providence. In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Rhode Island Historical Society, the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Inc, and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum.


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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.