Architectural Commercial Design Career Outlook

Percent Employed


Graduates Employed

Northwood Tech 2022-2023 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 

Employed in Related Field


Employed in a Related Field

Northwood Tech 2022-2023 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 

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3-Year Average Salary

Northwood Tech 2021-2023 Graduate Follow-Up Survey


Typical positions available after graduation include:

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CAD Technician

Technicians use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings.

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Project Manager

Project Managers' duties vary, depending on the needs of their employer. Their main focus is to organize the numerous parts of a project and make sure it runs smoothly.

Additional opportunities include: 

  • Architectural Technician
  • BIM Technician
  • CAD Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Store Planner
  • Technical Coordinator

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Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your two-year Architectural Commercial Design associate degree at Northwood Tech, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

With additional experience, graduates may move into one of these positions:

  • CAD Manager
  • BIM Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Architect*

* Individuals must obtain a license to work in these professions.

Hear From Graduates

"The instructors in this program help you understand how projects come together, from the building aspect to the estimating and drawing. I chose Northwood Tech because in two years, I learned as much and more than I would in a four-year program." 

Tricia W., Architectural Commercial Design graduate

Become an Architect

The four steps include:

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Examination
  • Licensure & Certification

For details, please go to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards website:


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