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Solutions architect

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Solutions architects lead teams that design and develop new computer systems for clients.

Average salary (a year)

£37,000 Starter


£80,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

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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
  • programming
  • software development
  • cloud computing

Courses with industry placements or summer internships can help to develop your skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You could get into this job through a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

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

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Direct Application

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.

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Career tips

You'll typically need knowledge of service design principles, agile project development, and IT industry standards and regulations.

Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to have an industry certification like Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

Further information

You can find out more about working and training in computing from The Chartered Institute for IT and techskills.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you will:

  • understand the client's business strategy and needs
  • develop solutions to meet those needs
  • assess the strengths, weaknesses and costs of various options
  • provide solutions advice and suggestions
  • make sure the new solution meets industry regulations, like security
  • plan the changeover from an existing system to a new one
  • make sure the new solution works with other systems and platforms

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

Career path and progression

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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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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