An Information Technology (IT) architect plays an important role in managing the technological components of a business, specifically security architecture and business plans. IT architects ensure compliance with existing rules and regulations, as well as spearhead the creation and implementation of updated and new security architecture/systems. They also work in risk assessment, foreseeing potential security risks. This career field basically offers a 40-hour workweek and is a salaried position. IT architects usually work in office environments. Occasionally travel to industry-related events.
The IT architect works with many different departments across a company. As such, they must be professional, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and need to have an analytical mind. They should be able to explain their work to people outside their field, as well as communicate with other IT specialists. Information Technology architects need to be able to work unsupervised while thinking out of the box, in order to find innovative solutions to problems.
- Oversee the development of future component architectures and migration plans.
- Conceive, design, prototype, and test new methods, algorithms, and models.
- Define and enforce appropriate technical standards and procedures.
- Lead the research and development of new software products and applications.
- Define system, technical and application architectures for major areas of development.
- A minimum of bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field.
- Five or more relevant work experience with leadership position is encouraged with further education in the related field.
The pay scale in US dollars of an IT architect ranges between USD$50,125 – USD$147,200 and the median being USD$97,500.