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Architecture Cluster. Frank Buchanan National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Jackie Clarkson Maintenance and Construction Technology Alliance (MCTA) Jim Spencer, Education Associate State Dept of Education Office of Career and Technology. Career Path in Architecture.

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Architecture Cluster

Frank BuchananNational Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Jackie ClarksonMaintenance and Construction Technology Alliance (MCTA)

Jim Spencer, Education Associate State Dept of Education Office of Career and Technology

Career Path in Architecture

  • Students have a wide variety of choices for careers in the architecture cluster

  • Residential, industrial or commercial construction careers are available

  • Construction careers make up the largest sector of jobs in this country and are the backbone of our national economy

  • Careers include: Project management, estimating, architecture, drafter, job superintendent, or crafts person

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Credentialing and Certification

  • Office of Career and Technology (OCTE) strongly recommends students graduate with industry credentials. Many state and educational entities agree credentialing is necessary

  • South Carolina State Standards align with national industry standards

  • Students graduating from high school are now better qualified to go to work or pursue a college degree with credentials

Frank Buchanan, Workforce Development Consultant with NCCERPhone: 352-334-0911 E-mail:

National Registry

  • Confidential

  • Portable Credentials

  • Documentation of training and

    skills attainment

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Industry Overview

  • Industry Facts

    • 6.9 million people in America, in


    • 240,000 trained jobs unfilled each year

    • Average craftsperson is 47 years old

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Industry Overview

  • Weekly Gross Income in Relation to Education

  • Professional Degree$984

  • PhD Degree$981

  • Masters Degree $816

  • Skilled Journeyperson$800

  • Bachelor’s Degree $641

  • Associate Degree $503

  • Some college$442

  • High School Graduate $398

  • Some high school $292

Source: 2001 Wall Street Journal Job Almanac Rank of Jobs

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Jackie Clarkson, Director of Maintenance and Construction Technology Alliance (MCTA)Phone: 843-364-0095 E-mail:

Maintenance and ConstructionTechnology Alliance(MCTA)

  • MCTA is a  statewide workforce development organization that assists in partnering with schools to connect students and employers (

  • Allows students to network statewide with employers as well as worldwide with relationships developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

  • Provides services to schools and students, which makes possible awarding of industry credentials honored worldwide


  • Shortage of qualified personnel

  • Aging workforce

  • Second largest employer in US

  • Choose work environment

  • Move up the management ladder

Construction Career Path

Craft/Technology Training

Craft Professional


Elementary School

Middle School

SupervisorSafety Director

Estimator and more





CEO/Company Owner

Technical/Community College & Apprenticeship

(2-5 years)

High School

Vocational School

Construction Manager, Contractor, Architect, Engineer and more


(4 Years)


  • OccupationJob Growth

  • Sheet Metal Worker18.17%

  • Electrician11.09%

  • Drafter10.48%

  • Roofer 9.39%

  • Heating and Cooling Technician 9.19%

  • Construction Manager 8.32%

  • Plumber and Pipe Fitter 9.19%

  • Painter and Paperhanger 7.42%

  • Brickmason/Stonemason 6.97%

  • Mechanical Engineer 5.18%

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  • OccupationSalary in S.C.

  • Architect$63,150

  • Mechanical Engineer$61,380

  • Marine Engineer and Architect$60,120

  • Construction Manager$53,800

  • Landscape Architect$45,840

  • Drafter$41,330

  • Surveyor and Mapping Scientist$37,870

  • Construction and Building Inspector$35,950

  • Electrician$33,260

  • Brickmason/Stonemason$32,685

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National Center for Construction Education and

Maintenance and Construction Technology

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

Construct My Future

US Dept of Labor, Career Voyages

Contact Information

  • Jim Spencer, Education Associate, Office of Career and Technology, SC State Department of Education

  • Phone: 803-734-8267


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