IT Architect jobs and careers

An IT architect is an individual that architects and designs information technology solutions and services for organizations. They possess a strong business and IT background to architect software, hardware, network or any IT solution that gives the best results to the business.

Why consider a career as an IT Architect?

An Architect can create, design and own a technical solution or product utilising a wide range of technical skills to include infrastructure, networking, storage, development and much more.  You are often able to evaluate, select and champion technology and play a key role in bringing together other technical and non-technical teams. As a result, it’s often a highly sought-after and rewarding profession.

What an IT Architect career or job may entail…

The primary duties of an IT Architect are to design and maintain computer networks, software and applications of all sizes and complexities. Architects are often asked to act as a liaison between other solution stakeholders, they tend to be the key resource in determining when a solution needs to be dropped. They question assumptions and drive change to mitigate potential risks. While other roles may be involved in this, architects typically have the best vantage point to deal with it. Architects are change agents. More so than any other IT professional, architects are asked to either envision or evaluate new technology and lead the move toward it.

Typical role titles include

Infrastructure Architect
Technical Architect
Mobile Architect
Enterprise Architect
Cloud Architect
Network Architect
Software Architect

Career progression example

Head of Architecture
CTO
Technical Director

Salary and Day Rate Benchmarks

Here, we aim to provide an overall range of day rates and salaries.
There are always factors to consider when assigning a day rate and salary to a role, such as the skill demand, location, complexity, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years’ of experience is not an ideal measure. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointers…

Salaries
Architect roles are senior positions. Within software development and infrastructure sectors we’d expect them to start at £55K.

Day Rates
At an entry-level, for a junior/graduate a typical day rate would be around the £300 mark, at the mid-level around the £400 mark and seniors can expect a day rate of £500+ as a benchmark.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

Popular skills required for these roles include:

Infrastructure: MS Windows Server | Active Directory | Citrix | Cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform), Exchange Server | IIS | DNS/DHCP | Netapp / Storage | VMWare | Veeam Backup | Sharepoint | Cisco Networking, Juniper Networks.

Development: Java | .Net / C# | PHP | Front-End | JavaScript | Python | Ruby | IOS / Swift | Android | TypeScript, Go | HTML | CSS.

What qualifications does it take?

A BSc/MSc degree in IT, computer science or computer engineering is often desirable but by no means essential.

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