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Working As An Information Architect

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $104,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Architect Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become An Information Architect

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Information Architect Career Paths

Information Architect
User Experience Designer Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Lead Designer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Technical Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Design Consultant Project Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director Managing Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Principal Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Architect 3.1 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Information Architect
Consultant 8.3%
Architect 3.9%
Top Careers After Information Architect
Consultant 5.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$104,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does an Information Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Architect in the United States is $104,662 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $159,000.

Real Information Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Architect R3 Technology, Inc. Teaneck, NJ Apr 05, 2016 $180,000
ECS Enterprise Information Architect Aixtex San Francisco, CA Sep 08, 2014 $175,000
Information Architect Information Builder's Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 30, 2016 $163,363
Information Architect Information Builder's Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 18, 2016 $163,363
Information Architect New York Blood Center New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $155,250
Information Architect Impac Medical Systems, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 23, 2014 $153,000 -
$163,000
Information Architect Executive Wellpoint, Inc. Manchester, NH Nov 10, 2014 $152,838 -
$167,913
Information Architect New York Blood Center New York, NY Oct 27, 2014 $150,000
Information Architect New York Blood Center New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $150,000
Manager Information Architect Sapient Corporation New York, NY Jan 16, 2015 $140,000
Information Architect Daugherty Systems, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2015 $136,254
Information Architect Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 16, 2016 $135,000
Information Architect Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $135,000
Information Architect Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 12, 2015 $135,000
Enterprise Information Architect Comprehensive Health Management, Inc. Tampa, FL Jan 09, 2016 $107,931 -
$154,350
Information Architect Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Jun 01, 2013 $107,000
Information Architect IBM Corporation Northbrook, IL Mar 16, 2015 $106,579 -
$160,001
Wellmatch Information Architect Aetna Life Insurance Company Davis, CA Sep 22, 2014 $105,000
Information Architect IBM India Private Limited San Jose, CA Jan 11, 2016 $103,206
Information Architect W. W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Jan 29, 2016 $101,589
Enterprise Information Architect Wisdom Infotech, Ltd. Brookfield, WI Jun 29, 2015 $100,000 -
$175,000
Enterprise Information Archictect Wisdom Infotech, Ltd. Brookfield, WI Jul 30, 2016 $100,000
Information Architect Sapient Corporation New York, NY May 15, 2013 $90,000
Information Architect IBM India Private Limited San Jose, CA Jan 18, 2016 $89,901
Information Architect T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Owings Mills, MD May 16, 2016 $88,691 -
$158,700
Information Architect Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Apr 01, 2013 $86,600 -
$129,900
Information Architect (Webmaster) Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 09, 2015 $86,403
Information Architect IBM India Private Limited Atlanta, GA Jul 14, 2016 $85,825 -
$89,197
Information Architect IBM India Private Limited Atlanta, GA Jul 22, 2016 $85,825 -
$89,197

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Top Skills for An Information Architect

  1. Site Architecture
  2. Web Content
  3. Business Requirements
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  • Recommended and developed site architecture and user experience executions along with design solutions for desktop and mobile environments.
  • Managed the metadata repository and set of reference parameters for external and internal web content.
  • Created architectural and high level design documents in accordance with business requirements and enterprise standards.
  • Produced high-level business requirements, detailed functional requirements, technical specifications, use cases and wire frames Corporate IT/Marketing.
  • Provided leadership and support for usability testing, utilizing data to optimize design efforts.

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  3. Maryland
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  5. New Jersey
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Information Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

59.8%

Female

31.3%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.9%

French

14.3%

German

8.6%

Dutch

5.7%

Chinese

5.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

Japanese

5.7%

Hindi

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Sami

2.9%

Hebrew

2.9%

Gujarati

2.9%

Dari

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Information Architect Education

Schools

New York University

10.3%

University of Washington

10.3%

University of Texas at Austin

7.0%

Pratt Institute-Main

6.5%

Ohio State University

5.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.4%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

DePaul University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

San Jose State University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%

University of Georgia

3.8%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

University of California - Berkeley

3.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

Florida State University

3.2%

Wright State University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

14.3%

Computer Science

13.0%

Graphic Design

9.4%

English

7.2%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Fine Arts

4.6%

Information Systems

4.3%

Human Computer Interaction

4.1%

Computer Applications

4.1%

Communication

3.9%

Information Sciences

3.8%

Management

3.1%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Library Science And Administration

2.7%

Information Technology

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

Photography

2.4%

Library Science

2.4%

Writing

2.4%
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Degrees

Masters

40.2%

Bachelors

35.8%

Other

14.2%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

3.0%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.9%
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