Solutions architects lead teams that design and develop new computer systems for clients.
Salary Range: £37,000 to £70,000
How to become a solutions architect
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You’ll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in computing.
Relevant subjects include:
- computer science
- software engineering for business
- software development
- cloud computing
You’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You could get into this job through a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got a high level of technical expertise.
It’s also useful if you have experience and understanding of the industry you want to work in, for example banking, retail or cloud computing.
You’ll typically need knowledge of service design principles, agile development, and IT industry standards and regulations.
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What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- maths knowledge
- the ability to use your initiative
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- persistence and determination
- knowledge of English language
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
What you’ll do
Your tasks may include:
- learning the client’s business strategy and needs
- developing solutions to meet those needs
- assessing the strengths, weaknesses and costs of various options
- providing solutions advice and suggestions
- developing an action plan showing how any preferred option will work
- making sure the new solution meets industry regulations, like security
- working on the changeover from an existing system to a new one
- making sure the new solution works with other systems and platforms in use
You could work at a client’s business or in an office.
Career path and progression
You could progress to senior or lead solutions architect then move on to an enterprise architect role.
You could also take up broader IT project management jobs, strategy planning or consultancy.