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Architects often work with engineers, urban planners, interior designers, landscape architects, and a variety of other professionals. To find out more about related professions, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site at

Engineering is the discipline and profession of applying technical, scientific, and mathematical knowledge to design materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes. The broad discipline of engineering encompasses a range of specialized sub disciplines, including electrical, structural, mechanical, and civil engineers. Engineers use the principles of engineering science, mathematics, and physics to design the details of the building systems—structural, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical.

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

Landscape architecture is the discipline and profession of designing and creating outdoor spaces using plants, trees, structures, and other natural and human-made elements. Landscape architects create areas that beautify and accent the buildings they surround, and design large open spaces, such as parks and golf courses. Landscape architects draw on their knowledge of design, construction, ecology, botany, horticulture, and soil science to design outdoor spaces that are user-friendly, pleasing to the senses, and help conserve and restore natural resources.

Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB)

Interior design is a profession that uses creative and technical solutions to develop a built interior environment that is functional and aesthetically attractive. Interior design involves a scope of services that includes research and analysis of the client's goals and formulation of design concepts that integrate the client's program needs. The work of an interior designer can entail the selection of colors, materials, and finishes; specification of furniture, fixtures, equipment, and millwork; and the procurement and installation of furniture.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)

Land surveyors accurately establish land boundary lines, usually to create land maps or define ownership. When land has been partitioned, land surveyors reestablish the original boundaries and then establish the new boundaries. In order to accomplish their objective, land surveyors use elements of geometry, engineering, trigonometry, mathematics, physics, and law.

National Society of Professional Surveyors
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)

A geologist is a scientist who studies the Earth’s rocks, soil, and minerals. Professional geologists work for a wide range of government agencies, private firms, and non-profit and academic institutions. Local, state, and national governments hire geologists to help plan and evaluate excavations, construction sites, environmental remediation projects, and natural disaster preparedness, as well as to investigate natural resources.

National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG)



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