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Working As A Lead Architect

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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 A Lead 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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Lead Architect Career Paths

Lead Architect
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Manager Vice President Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Chief Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Information Technology Project Manager Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Senior Manager Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Architect & Project Lead Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Operations Project Manager Business Analyst/Project Manager
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Quality Assurance Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect Director Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Solutions Architect Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Chief Architect 3.6 years
Architect Manager 3.3 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Architect 3.0 years
Senior Architect 2.9 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Lead Architect
Architect 7.6%
Developer 6.5%
Consultant 6.4%
Programmer 2.3%
Top Careers After Lead Architect
Architect 13.4%
Consultant 5.9%
Manager 2.4%

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Lead Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

78.0%

Unknown

11.2%

Female

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

45.9%

Asian

27.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.0%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.0%

French

12.0%

Japanese

10.0%

Chinese

8.0%

Arabic

8.0%

Italian

6.0%

Sami

4.0%

German

4.0%

Dakota

4.0%

Carrier

4.0%

Mandarin

4.0%

Cornish

2.0%

Navajo

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Inuktitut

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Afrikaans

2.0%
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Lead Architect Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

9.5%

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.8%

University of Washington

5.5%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

Texas A&M University

5.0%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.5%

University of California - Berkeley

4.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

Drexel University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

George Mason University

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.1%

Johns Hopkins University

4.1%

University of Houston

3.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.9%

Business

9.4%

Computer Engineering

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.6%

Computer Applications

7.0%

Engineering

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Architecture

4.4%

Information Technology

4.1%

Information Systems

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Mathematics

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Finance

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Project Management

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

40.0%

Other

9.0%

Doctorate

2.7%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

1.7%

Certificate

1.4%
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Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Utah
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Lead Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Architect in the United States is $100,894 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Lead Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Product Architect Chain Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 09, 2016 $200,000
Lead Architect Bot Home Automation, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Apr 27, 2016 $185,000
Digital Architect Security Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Oct 19, 2015 $175,000
Lead Architect Rebel Mouse, Inc. New York, NY Apr 30, 2015 $170,000
Lead Dell Identity Architect Icsynergy International, LP Plano, TX Sep 22, 2015 $170,000
Lead Mdms Architect Innovative Systems Group, Inc. Glen Ellyn, IL Oct 31, 2015 $166,400
Lead Architect Kodiak Networks, Inc. Plano, TX Jan 03, 2016 $161,782
Lead Quality Assurance Architect E8 Security, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 12, 2015 $160,000
Lead Architect Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Dec 19, 2016 $160,000
Architect Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Aug 22, 2016 $160,000
Lead Architect LM Group Inc. Cerritos, CA Jul 30, 2015 $159,390
Technical Lead-Architect Turnberry Solutions, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Dec 19, 2016 $155,000
Lead Architect Airwatch, LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 12, 2015 $104,437
Lead Architect IBM India Private Limited Dallas, TX Feb 10, 2016 $104,041
Lead Architect Savvis Communications Corporation Saint Louis, MO Feb 10, 2016 $103,688
Architect Lead Wipro Limited San Ramon, CA Jan 06, 2016 $103,210
Architect Lead Wipro Limited San Ramon, CA Sep 21, 2015 $103,210
Lead Architect IBM India Private Limited Englewood Cliffs, NJ Aug 02, 2015 $102,840
Lead Test Architect Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Dec 15, 2016 $101,234 -
$121,949
Lead Architect Qwest Corporation D/B/A Centurylink QC Minneapolis, MN Dec 29, 2016 $92,331
Architect Lead Wipro Limited Boston, MA Jun 18, 2015 $92,019
Architect Lead Wipro Limited Quincy, MA Jun 18, 2015 $92,019
Architect Lead Wipro Limited Lexington, MA Jun 26, 2015 $92,019
Architect Lead Wipro Limited Englewood, CO Jan 06, 2016 $91,915
Architect Lead Wipro Limited Englewood, CO Aug 13, 2015 $91,915

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Top Skills for A Lead Architect

  1. Web Application
  2. Architecture
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Lead development teams consisting of in-house and offshore developers for the implementation and deployment of large-scale and high-bandwidth web applications.
  • Coordinate with application teams for Application architecture and design and deploy the correct right Technical architecture for Functional components.
  • Created PL/SQL stored procedures, functions and packages for moving the data from staging area to data mart.
  • Monitored nightly ETL processes to ensure timely completion and availability of data in data warehouse for reporting use.
  • Created SQL Scripts for the Data Analysts to properly summarize and validate the data that was transmitted from the platforms.

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