What happens to the architects that don’t get promoted?

            I am really curious to understand the structure of this profession:
My understanding is that the industry relies on a large base of passionate young staff who are willing to put in the extra hours, managed by the very small amount of architects who manage to survive the hardships of the profession. I'll give the example of our medium sized firm as an average scenario: Our firm has 20 architects at 25-30(interns & recently qualified), 9 architects at 30-35 yo(architects & junior PAs), 7 architects at 40-45(senior PAs & associates), 1-3 architects at 50-60(directors) If 20 junior architects work at the firm now, what happens to the ones of the 20 that aren't promoted to associates-directors in 20 years time? 1)Do they start their own practices?What percentage of them? 2)Do some quit after a certain age?(e.g. family commitments) 3)Do they move outside traditional practice? (e.g.on client side) 4)Does a certain percentage from each age group get wiped out due to the 10-15 year reces...

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