Technical architect

Alternative titles for this job include IT systems architect

Technical architects help plan, design and build IT systems for clients.

Average salary (a year)

£40,000 Starter

to

£80,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become a Technical architect

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You'll normally need a degree or postgraduate qualification. Relevant subjects include:

  • computer science or computer engineering
  • information management systems
  • business information systems
  • software development
  • mathematics

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Work

You could start with a company in a job like programming and work your way up through internal training and promotion.

Direct application

You could apply to companies directly if you've got relevant skills and knowledge.

You'll need a broad understanding of the available technologies and what they can do for the client. Many employers will look for a background in systems development, analysis, programming or testing.

Employers will also want to see strengths in non-technical areas like client management, communication and leadership. This is because they place importance on the ability to communicate the client's requirements to technical teams, and to manage demands on time and resources.

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Career tips

Experience of project management methods like PRINCE2 will be helpful along with a working knowledge of project development and information management practices like Agile and ITIL.

Further information

You can find more advice on careers in computing from The Chartered Institute for IT.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • operations analysis skills
  • persistence and determination
  • This job requires a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • finding out the client’s needs
  • breaking down large system requirements into manageable parts
  • researching 'off-the-shelf' products to see whether they'll be more suitable than building a new system
  • presenting plans to clients and agreeing how to carry them out
  • explaining the structure to designers and developers, and helping them build it
  • developing and carrying out tests to make sure everything works properly
  • making sure systems meet quality and security standards
  • keeping accurate records of steps and decisions taken
  • keeping project managers informed of progress
  • advising senior managers about how to plan their future IT needs

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to senior architect, or specialise in a particular field, like finance or security.

You could also move into broader IT project management roles, strategy planning or consultancy.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Software Engineer

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Sheffield S6 2BY

Apprentice Support 1st Line Technician

  • Wage : £11,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Westerham TN16 1JF

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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