Jobs for architects are aplenty–DOLE

July 13, 2012 11:02 pm 

MANILA, July 13 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is encouraging graduating high school students to consider taking architecture if that is their inclination and if they wish to easily land a job after college.

An architect is a hard-to-fill occupation identified in the DOLE report, Project JobsFit: The DOLE 2020 Vision.

Project JobsFit:The DOLE 2020 Vision, is a nationwide research study that involved environmental scanning, information gathering, consultation, and ‘signaling’ activities aimed at identifying local and global industries that would drive employment growth, including the corresponding skills requirements, for the next ten years. It was conducted by the DOLE through its Bureau of Local Employment.

Based on the findings and recommendations of the Project JobsFit:The DOLE 2020 Vision, the DOLE, through the BLE, developed the 101 Career Guides, a body of relevant and updated information on the basic education requirements of a job, skills competencies, salary, prospect for career advancement, and employment opportunities, that are meant to be disseminated and shared mainly to students to help them make wise career decisions.

“We, at the Department, would like to prepare our students by providing them with information that would help them make better choices for their future,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the 101 Career Guides.

The 101 Career Guides describes an architect as a licensed professional trained in the art and science of building design and who provides a wide variety of professional services to individuals and organizations planning a construction project.

An architect is required to have a professional degree in architecture and, prior to taking up licensure examination, a period of practical training and internship.

However, although graduate education beyond the professional degree is not essential for practicing architecture, it is normally required for research, teaching, and other specialized areas of architectural work.

A degree in architecture normally costs around P30,000 to P45,000 per semester in private schools and universities. However, tuition fee cost is 20 to 40 percent less in public education institutions that offer the same discipline.

An architect must have the skills and competencies to communicate ideas to clients; conceptualize and understand spatial relationship’ artistic and drawing ability; excellent communication skills; computer literacy knowledge of computer aided design and drafting (CADD); strong organizational skills with attention to details; including managerial and supervisory skills.

“Having these credentials, an architect may receive salary that ranges from P18,000 to P40,000 a month depending on the type of employer,” Baldoz said. “And if they are employed in other countries, such as the Middle East, they could receive a monthly salary of between $ 1,500 to $ 3,000,” she added, saying also that pay and benefits are definitely higher than the local rates.

Specifically, an architect provides pre-design services that includes conduct of feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, and requirements specification of the design; drawing preparation and report presentation for the client’s review; development of final construction plans; preparation of cost analysis; assists client in obtaining construction bids; selecting a contractor, and negotiating the construction contract; visits construction site to ensure that the contractor is following the design, using specified materials and meeting the specified standards for the quality of work; makes long-range planning for land development; and directs activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents.

“With the recent trend of outsourcing to local architectural firms the drafting of construction plans from foreign countries and the unprecedented growth in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines, demand for this profession will also increase,” Baldoz said. (PNA)



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