NCARB’s data reveals the time to earn a license is decreasing—especially as professionals take advantage of recent program changes. Our newest edition of NCARB by the Numbers (our annual data publication) provides exclusive insight into the number of U.S. architects, the pool of professionals working toward licensure, and diversity in the profession.
Some key findings from the 2016 NCARB by the Numbers include:
In 2015, there were 110,168 architects in the United States—a 2 percent increase from 2014.
The number of professionals working toward licensure surpassed 41,500 in 2015—an all-time high.
Nearly 4,900 licensure candidates completed the experience requirement in 2015—a 27 percent jump from 2014.
Almost 4,500 candidates completed the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) in 2015—the highest number on record.
On average, candidates take 2.1 years to complete the ARE—the shortest time since 2010.
On average, becoming an architect takes just over 13 years—from the time a student enrolls in school to the moment they receive a license. This marks the seventh year in a row the timeline to licensure has improved.
By overlapping education, experience, and examination, graduates of accredited programs were able to shave two years off the average time to licensure.
The pool of professionals working toward licensure is more diverse than ever before, and one in three newly licensed architects are women.
You can read the full report, learn about recent program updates, and explore interactive data charts on our new data center.