USA Career Guide- Architectural and Engineering Managers

Education of Architectural and Engineering Managers

To become Architectural and engineering managers you should have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture. There are a lot of avenues open for advancing to management positions, if you gain one of the following business management skills by completing:

-Master’s degree in Engineering Management (MEM) or
-Technology Management (MSTM), or
-Master’s in business administration (MBA)

Typically, those who prefer to manage in technical areas pursue an MEM or MSTM, and those interested in more general management skills earn an MBA.

In most cases, it requires years of work experience before an individual is qualified to become an engineering manager. It takes most people a long time to learn how to manage teams of engineers and handle complex projects, and those skills need to be strong before working as an engineering manager


Architectural and engineering managers are typically experienced architects or engineers, and many states license these occupations. For more information, see the profiles on Architects and Engineering Careers.

Job Prospects of Architectural and Engineering Managers

Employment of architectural and engineering managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than average for all occupations. The projected employment, 2020 is 192,000  by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program.

Pay of Architectural and Engineering Managers

The median annual wage of architectural and engineering managers was $119,260 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $77,440, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400.

Industrial Overview of Architectural and Engineering Managers

Median annual wages in selected industries employing architectural and engineering managers in 2010 were as follows: 
Research and development in the physical,
engineering, and life sciences    $138,590
Semiconductor and other electronic component
manufacturing    132,720
Navigational, measuring, electromedical,
and control instruments manufacturing    132,380
Management of companies and enterprises    122,480
Architectural, engineering, and related services    119,830
Source:Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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