CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Architects, Except Landscape and Marine

The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property. Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
 
Consult with client to determine functional and spatial requirements of structure.
 
Direct activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents.
 
Plan layout of project.
 
Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
 
Prepare scale drawings.
 
Integrate engineering element into unified design.
 
Conduct periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
 
Administer construction contracts.
 
Represent client in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts.
 
Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, and reports.
 
Seek new work opportunities through marketing, writing proposals, or giving presentations.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
1ST Pricing Window & Door Toolkit Procurement software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software Document management software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
ArchiOffice software Office suite software
 
AutoDesSys form Z Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk 3ds Max for Design Visualization Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Architectural Studio Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Revit Computer aided design CAD software
 
AzTechSoft GPS2CAD Computer aided design CAD software
 
BeamChek software Analytical or scientific software
 
CADFind Sketch & Search software Document management software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Craftsman CD Estimator Project management software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Design Workshop software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Drcauto Smart Architect LT Pro Computer aided design CAD software
 
FEMA EMMIE Data base user interface and query software
 
FileNet P8 software Document management software
 
Google SketchUp software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Graphisoft ArchiCAD Computer aided design CAD software
 
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
 
Micro-Press MicroStation PowerDraft Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
MyFamilySoftware Instant Architect Computer aided design CAD software
 
NavisWorks Jetstream Computer aided design CAD software
 
Primavera Systems software Project management software
 
Quality Plans & Software HVAC Calculator Analytical or scientific software
 
Quark software Desktop publishing software
 
Roof Builder Tools software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal (accounting feature) Accounting software
 
Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal (calendar and scheduling feature) Calendar and scheduling software
 
Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal (project management feature) Project management software
 
Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal (time accounting feature) Time accounting software
 
VectorWorks ARCHITECT Computer aided design CAD software
 
Virtual reality modeling language VRML software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Architectural templates Templates
 
Arm drafting machines Drafting kits or sets
 
Circular saws Power saws
 
Compasses Compasses
 
Computer laser printers Laser printers
 
Computer-guided milling machines Milling machines
 
Diazo copiers Photocopiers
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Disk grinding machines Grinding machines
 
Dividers Compasses
 
Engineering copiers Photocopiers
 
Fretsaws Power saws
 
Hand saws Saws
 
Mat knives Mat knives
 
Mitre boxes Mitre box
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Parallel bars Straight edges
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Plotters Plotter printers
 
Precision knives Utility knives
 
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Thermal saws Saws
 
Track drafting machines Drafting kits or sets
 
Triangles Triangles
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Architect
Architectural Designer
Architectural Project Manager
Architectural Superintendent
Building Architect
Building Architectural Designer
Building Consultant
City Designer
Commercial Green Building Architect
Commercial Green Building Designer
Commercial Green Retrofit Architect
Design Architect
Facilities Planner
Facility Designer
Green Building Architect
Green Building Design Specialist
Green Building Materials Designer
Home Designer
House Designer
Intern Architect
Location Analyst
Location Man
Location Worker
Plumbing Designer
Principal
Project Architect
Project Manager
Real Estate Site Analyst
Residential Designer
Residential Green Building Designer
School Plant Consultant
Space Planner
Structural Architect
Structural Designer
Supervising Architect
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Architects, Except Landscape and Marine
 
 
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