Solutions Architect

Job Description:

Solution architects lead teams that create new computer systems for clients.

Job Category:
IT Industry

What you will do:

In this role you’ll:

  • understand the client’s business strategy and needs
  • create solutions to meet your client’s needs
  • assess the strengths, weaknesses and costs of different options
  • give advice and suggestions
  • make sure the new solution meets industry regulations
  • manage moving to a new computer system
  • make sure the new solution works with other systems and platforms


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • the ability to use your initiative
  • persistence and determination
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
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Entry Requirements:

A career as a Solutions Architect often requires a strong educational background in computer science, information technology, or a related field, along with several years of work experience. While specific subjects aren’t typically outlined for this role, a foundation in certain subjects can be beneficial for pursuing higher education and gaining the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this field. Here are some subjects and skills that can help you prepare for a career as a Solutions Architect:

  1. Mathematics: A strong understanding of mathematics is essential for many aspects of computer science and IT. This includes algebra, calculus, and statistics.
  2. Computer Science: If it’s available, computer science can provide a solid foundation for future studies and a career in this field.
  3. Science: A general understanding of the scientific method and principles, as well as critical thinking skills, can be valuable for problem-solving in IT.
  4. English: Clear and effective communication is vital in any IT role, including Solutions Architect, so strong language and writing skills are important.
  5. Information Technology: If your school offers IT-related courses, taking them can be beneficial. These courses may cover topics such as programming, databases, and networking.

Post School

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.

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

Direct Application
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got experience of creating computer software.

It’s also useful if you have experience or an understanding of the industry you want to work in, for example, banking or retail.

Career tips
You’ll usually need to know about service design principles, agile project management and IT industry standards and regulations.

Working Hours and Environment:

Your typical working hours could be variable.

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

Career Path & Progression:

You could progress to senior or lead solutions architect then move on to an enterprise architect role.

You could also take up wider IT project management jobs, strategy planning or become a consultant.