In a typical work setting, architects:
- Talk to others throughout the day. They interact with clients, engineers, drafters, and other staff.
- Are greatly responsible for work outcomes and results of other workers.
- Are sometimes placed in conflict situations.
- Work as part of a team.
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- Communicate daily by e-mail, phone, and in person with clients and coworkers.
- Write memos and letters daily.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always work indoors, but occasionally visit construction sites outdoors.
- Work within several feet of coworkers during meetings.
- Must be accurate in what they do. Errors could seriously endanger the safety of people using their buildings, or cause building delays.
- Meet strict weekly deadlines.
- Work in a highly competitive environment.
- Make decisions daily that affect others.
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- Have the freedom to set most of their own tasks and goals. They rarely consult a supervisor before making decisions.
- Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
- Usually work full time.
- Sometimes work more than 40 hours a week to meet deadlines.
- Sometimes travel to job sites or to visit clients.