February is CTE month and we are excited to highlight the broad spectrum of fields that CTE has to offer our students. One of the thirteen clusters is the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of architects is projected to grow 8% nationwide through the year 2028. In Utah, projected growth is 2.6% through the year 2026. Business expansion will provide the majority of job openings in the coming decade, In Utah, an architect must be licensed. From commercial to residential, Utah is home to more than 900 architects and building designers.

The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technologies have allowed architects to do more work without the help of drafters, making it easier to share the work with engineers, contractors, and clients.

TSA (Technology Student Association) is an organization for students in the Architectural Design Pathway and fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The courses offered for our students include: CAD Architectural Design 1, 2, and 3 CTE Internship CAPS – Engineering

Possible occupations include: Architectural Drafter Civil Drafter Architect Architectural and Engineering Manager CTE Teacher Civil Engineer Landscape Architect Secondary Education Teacher Surveyor

There are many places in Utah where students can pursue these types of degrees: Bridgerland Technical College University of Utah Utah Valley University Utah State University Weber State University

Another aspect of the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster focuses on interior design. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of interior designers is projected to grow 4% nationwide through the year 2028. Economic expansion, growing homeowner wealth, and an increased interest in interior design will increase demand for interior designers. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, there are 1,651 architectural and engineering services firms in Utah and 476 specialized design services firms.

FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) is an organization for students in the Interior Design Pathway and provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life and careers.

The courses offered for our students include: Interior Design 1 and 2 CAD Architectural Design 1 Digital Graphics Art, Intro Marketing 1 CTE Internship

Possible occupations include:  Interior Design Photo Stylist CTE Teacher Architect Sales Manager Set and Exhibit Designer

There are many places in Utah where students can pursue these types of degrees: Ensign College Salt Lake Community College Utah State University Weber State University

With so many paths, CTE is an emerging enterprise that gives our students options to exercise their talents in careers that they enjoy. 

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