Completing a degree in architecture can be a long and tedious process, but once you have completed the whole 5 years of ordeal, the end result is wondrously rewarding. After finishing the course, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the choices. Being an architect could actually not feel as glamorous. However, the actual definition of the discipline is too broad to be put under any one spectrum. Here is a list of alternative careers you might want to look into before landing on one

1. Artist

As an architect, artistic ability is imminent. If you are someone who likes to draw, or paint, or have any kind of artistic nature, this is the career for you. 

2. Industrial Designer

This is a branch of architecture that focuses on small scale objects of mass production. If you are someone who feels intimidated by the prospect of designing something enormous, permanent, then this is a very good alternative, in which you can be equally innovative.

3. Furniture Designer

This can be called the sister of architecture. Many architects have designed their own furniture as a part of their building design as a whole. 

4. Textile Designer

Designing textiles requires sensitivity for colour, tactility, construction, patterns, and forms, all of which are developed during any student’s years at architecture school. High fashion is also reminiscent of architecture in many ways, adopting the geometric and sculptural constructions of contemporary buildings.

5. Graphic Designer

It is invaluable when it comes to communication. It can also be so aesthetically pleasing that one can hardly resist becoming a graphic designer. Taking a short course in graphic design to supplement a degree in architecture can open up a range of possibilities to still work within the field, but take charge of tasks that are more suited to your interests in communication.

6. Photographer

As students, architects do take a lot of pictures throughout their education. Architectural photography has now become very prominent throughout the world. If this is something that you do for fun, or love doing, you can improve your skills by observing and learning from renowned photographers. This is definitely a career that could take you to the stars. 

7. Production Designer

Although a set or a stage is far smaller platforms than a virtual planet, designing theatre and film sets allows for just as much creative flow. It allows the designer to be evocative and design on the basis of a story. In this field, you will be utilizing your knowledge and skills from an architectural education, like a conceptual environment and collaborative creativity. 

8. Professor

Teaching is a beautiful field. There are a lot of youngsters who take up teaching. This could be a stop-gap when you are unsure of the course you want to take with your life. Teaching actually is a two-way street, you learn a lot more than you teach. 

9. Philanthropist

Contemporary architecture has a necessary focus on sustainability: environmental, social, psychological, and economic. The knowledge and awareness of these ideals can be converted into other types of philanthropy if that’s what interests you. 

10. Writer

Becoming a writer or journalist can be a great way to utilize architectural education. Being able to communicate our design and our complex projects to teachers and reviewers; teaches us to use language descriptively as well as rhetorically.