Solutions architect

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

Average salary (a year)

£45,760 Starter

to

£52,520 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become a Solutions architect

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship

University

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Career tips

You'll typically need knowledge of service design principles, 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

The Chartered Institute for IT and TP Degrees have more information about training routes and qualifications.

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
  • knowledge of English language
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • you will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Digital Information Management Apprentice

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1AF

Digital Solutions Degree Apprenticeship – Software Engineering

  • Wage : £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Coventry CV3 4LF

Courses In England

HE FOUNDATION DEGREE COMPUTER SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PTE

  • Provider: CHESTERFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

Internet Software Development Foundation Degree (FdSc) YR1

  • Provider: East Surrey College
  • Start date: 01 October 2019
  • Location: Redhill

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