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Architecture: Career and Education Opportunities in Washington

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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Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.


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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.