Employers of Taubman College graduates include public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Taubman College career services offers a variety of programs, activities, and resources for student development and career growth. Students may make an appointment to meet one-on-one with staff to assist in exploring career options available with their degree, strategize how to identify and secure a job or internship, and improve their job search skills.
M. Lou Ecken Kidd,
2016 Career Information
Click on an image below to view a PDF of the 2016 Master of Architecture Employment Profile, the Bachelor of Science in Architecture Employment Profile, or the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Employment Information.
Licensure for Architects
Typically, a minimum of three years of experience and a professional degree in architecture are required before one can take the licensing exam. In the United States, licensing of architects is the legal prerogative of individual state governments. Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial registration, examination, and corporate practice. Due largely to the efforts of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), guidelines for license examination eligibility and the exam itself are fairly uniform from state to state. However, it is always advisable to check with the individual board to verify registration and practice requirements, as each jurisdiction may change its rules, statutes, and regulations at any time. A license is not required to work in an architectural firm; but to have ownership in a firm or to use the title Architect legally, licensing is mandatory.
View University of Michigan alumni pass rates of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) here.
The Intern Development Program (IDP) is administered by The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The experience required for Michigan is currently 5,600 hours of training experience.
Licensure for Urban Planners
The American Planning Association (APA) licenses planners through the AICP examination, which is administered twice a year (November and May). There are two exam application periods, approximately five months prior to the testing dates. The application requires fees of nearly $500 for first-time domestic applicants ($600 for international), and also verification that the education and professional experience criteria are met. Some employers will pay for AICP certification and study materials; here is some information to support the certification.
Candidates must meet several eligibility requirements in order to apply to take the exam, including membership in the APA and a minimum level of education/professional experience in planning. Those who have a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s planning program, which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), can take the exam upon attaining two years of experience in the planning field.
The AICP Comprehensive Planning Exam consists of 170 multiple-choice questions (only 150 of which are scored) covering the following areas: Plan Making and Implementation (30%), Functional Practice (25%), Spatial Practice (15%), History/Theory/Law (15%), Public Participation and Social Justice (10%), and the Code of Ethics/Professional Conduct (5%). The APA website includes several tips on how to effectively prepare for the exam, as well as providing information about a paid online study program ($249 in 2016), and a brief (free) simulation to build familiarity with the computerized exam format.
After passing the AICP exam, the APA will send an invoice for AICP dues to finalize membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and will notify the candidate when the designation may be used professionally. To maintain certification, members must keep up their APA and AICP dues as well as getting 32 hours of Certification Management (CM) continuing education every two year cycle.
Three Advanced Specialty Certifications are available in transportation, environmental planning and urban design. These require eight years of experience, volunteer work in the field and another exam.
The FAICP designation is for Fellows of the AICP, which is an honor bestowed to those members with the highest levels of professional impact and service to the field.
University Career Services