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Working As A Senior Information Architect

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

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 A Senior 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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Senior Information Architect Career Paths

Senior Information Architect
Lead User Experience Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Lead User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead User Experience Designer Art Director Senior Vice President
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
User Experience Manager Creative Director Senior Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
User Experience Manager Creative Director Managing Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
User Experience Manager Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of User Experience Marketing Director President
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of User Experience Senior Director Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Controller Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Partner Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Application Manager
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Architect Manager 3.3 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Internet Architect 3.1 years
Senior Architect 2.9 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Information Architect
Consultant 8.5%
Developer 4.0%
Top Careers After Senior Information Architect
Consultant 4.7%
Director 3.1%
Principal 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
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$79,000
Min 10%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$153,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walgreens
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Senior Information Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Architect in the United States is $110,524 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Senior Information Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Information Architect Burleson Technology Group, LLC Rowlett, TX May 14, 2010 $165,000
Senior Information Architect Univision Management Company New York, NY Dec 28, 2015 $165,000
Senior Information Architect Burleson Technology Group, LLC Rowlett, TX May 07, 2010 $165,000
Senior Information Architect Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd. New York, NY Jul 31, 2016 $150,000
Senior Manager, Information Strategy and Architect Pfizer Inc. New York, NY Jul 21, 2011 $149,448 -
$188,400
Senior Information Security Architect MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $141,128
Senior Information Security Architect SILA Solutions Group Inc. Arlington, VA Feb 17, 2015 $140,000
Senior Information Architect Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Dec 15, 2009 $136,000
Senior Information Architect Univision Management Company Teaneck, NJ Feb 09, 2016 $132,000
Senior Information Architect Univision Management Company Teaneck, NJ Mar 11, 2015 $130,000
Senior Information Architect Publishers Clearing House LLC Port Washington, NY Dec 27, 2016 $126,875
Senior Information Architect Publishers Clearing House, LLC Port Washington, NY Jun 25, 2014 $125,000
Senior Information Architect Consumerinfo.com, An Experian Company Costa Mesa, CA Jan 10, 2012 $120,000
Senior Information Architect L2 Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Aug 31, 2015 $120,000
Senior Information Architect Razorfish, LLC New York, NY Apr 20, 2016 $115,500 -
$135,500
Senior Information Architect Navigation Arts, LLC McLean, VA Jun 16, 2012 $115,000
Senior Information Architect Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Milwaukee, WI Jan 20, 2015 $115,000
Senior Information Architect-Master Data Management The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Milwaukee, WI Jul 07, 2016 $115,000
Information Architect Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation McLean, VA Dec 01, 2009 $111,200 -
$139,300
Information Architecture Senior Fast Switch Ltd. Dearborn, MI Sep 08, 2015 $108,524
Information Architecture Senior Fast Switch, Ltd. Dublin, OH Oct 31, 2016 $108,524
Senior Information Architect Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 09, 2011 $107,099 -
$130,000
Senior Information Architect L2 Sapient Corporation New York, NY Jan 07, 2013 $100,000
Senior UXD Information Architect FMR LLC Jersey City, NJ Feb 02, 2015 $98,330
Senior Information Architect Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Sep 11, 2015 $97,600 -
$146,400
Senior Information Architect Global Markets, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Dec 02, 2014 $97,000
SR. Information Architect Genex Interactive's (Genex) Culver City, CA Jun 01, 2011 $92,000
SR. Information Architect Genex Interactive's (Genex) Culver City, CA Jun 14, 2011 $92,000
Senior Information Architect Fidelity Technology Group LLC Jersey City, NJ Dec 01, 2014 $91,104 -
$108,763

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Architect

  1. Web Application
  2. Architecture
  3. Usability
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with vendors and implemented requested design elements for the profit recovery claims web application.
  • Documented current state architectures for enterprise network and security infrastructure, identified gaps and developed architectural recommendations.
  • Conducted heuristic evaluations, usability tests, and other measures of application and website usability.
  • Developed user interface for self-service account management application which enables students to review loan activity and manage repayment options.
  • Turn new business requirements into compelling, user-friendly interactive experiences and combine creativity and application design to achieve business objectives.

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  4. Maryland
  5. New Jersey
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Senior Information Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

25.6%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

11.6%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

21.7%

Spanish

21.7%

German

17.4%

Italian

13.0%

Japanese

8.7%

Greek

8.7%

Hindi

4.3%

Korean

4.3%
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Senior Information Architect Education

Schools

New York University

13.3%

University of Pennsylvania

6.7%

DePaul University

6.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.3%

San Francisco State University

5.3%

Drexel University

5.3%

University of California - Berkeley

5.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.3%

George Mason University

5.3%

University of California - Santa Cruz

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Clemson University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Syracuse University

2.7%

Kenyon College

2.7%

Miami University

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

12.4%

Graphic Design

10.3%

Business

7.7%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Human Computer Interaction

5.7%

Fine Arts

5.2%

Information Technology

5.2%

Information Sciences

4.6%

Communication

4.1%

Psychology

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Networking

3.6%

English

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Information Systems

3.6%

Marketing

3.6%

Economics

3.1%

Engineering

3.1%

Journalism

3.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Masters

33.2%

Other

16.0%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

0.9%
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