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:

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Entry Requirements:

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:

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.