You are correct! The BLS projects a 24% growth in the profession between now and 2020.
- Employment of architects is projected to grow 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Current demographic trends will result in a greater need for architects. Those who distinguish themselves with their creativity should have the best job opportunities.
Now, as a sophomore in high school, there are many things you can do to launch your career into architecture. First, is to simply open your eyes and look at the built environment. Pay attention to buildings in your neighborhood - the form, shape, dimensions, materials, etc.
Start to draw and take art/drawing courses in high school - do not worry about CAD; that can come later.
Another option to explore is attending a high school summer program offered by an architecture program. You might consider this coming summer, but definitely the summer after your junior year. Attached is a list of programs.
Also, through your parents, contact and interview an architect. Ask if you can shadow for the day to learn what an architect does. Read architecture books or visit architecture websites to learn more.
Finally, do well in school as architecture is a demanding major is school. Pursue a college prep schedule.