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Become A Software Architect

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Working As A Software Architect

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

  • $100,118

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Architect Do

A Software Architect develops new programs for a variety of technological devices for businesses, computer games, mobile networks, and/or operating systems. They ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product and work closely with executives to explain the benefits of the software.

How To Become A Software 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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Real Software Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Architect Continuum Analytics, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $300,000
Technical Director-Software Architect Continuum Analytics New York, NY Aug 21, 2015 $300,000
Software Architect Continuum Analytics, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $300,000
Software Architect Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Feb 16, 2016 $250,000
Principal Software Architect, Ambulatory Practice Solutions GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Seattle, WA Oct 19, 2015 $235,000 -
$255,000
Software Architect Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 02, 2016 $225,000
Director, Software Architect Upwork, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 09, 2016 $220,000
Software Architect, Database Internals Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $210,000
Software Architect Faraday & Future Inc. Gardena, CA Jul 18, 2016 $210,000
Software Architect Faraday & Future Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 25, 2016 $210,000
Software Architect Philips Electronics North America Corporation Foster City, CA Aug 12, 2015 $203,500
Software Architect Wikia, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 05, 2015 $200,000
Manager, Engineering and Software Architect SONY Music Holdings Inc. Marina del Rey, CA Feb 19, 2015 $114,837 -
$119,250
Associate Director, Engineering and Software Architect SONY DADC New Media Solutions, Inc. Marina del Rey, CA Jun 22, 2015 $114,837 -
$126,500
Manager/Application Software Architect Capgemini U.S. LLC Burbank, CA Jun 15, 2015 $114,837 -
$183,000
Manager/Application Software Architect Capgemini U.S. LLC Raleigh, NC Jun 15, 2015 $114,837 -
$183,000
Manager/Software Architect Lead Capgemini U.S. LLC Burbank, CA May 18, 2015 $114,837 -
$178,000
Software Architect Cerner Corporation North Kansas City, MO Sep 30, 2016 $114,500
Software Architect Cerner Corporation North Kansas City, MO Sep 30, 2016 $114,400
Software Architect Itech Us, Inc. Millington, MD Oct 21, 2015 $114,338
Software Architect Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Boxborough, MA Aug 25, 2016 $93,517
Software Architect Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Boxborough, MA Sep 14, 2016 $93,517
Software Architect Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Boxborough, MA Sep 19, 2016 $93,517
Software Architect ACI Worldwide Corp. NE Apr 01, 2015 $93,122
Architect-Software SLK America Inc. Memphis, TN Jul 28, 2016 $93,019

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Top Skills for A Software Architect

WebApplicationSystemArchitecturePl/SqlDatabaseC #PlatformWindowsSQLServerXMLAPIWebServicesC/C++UserInterfaceSoftwareDevelopmentJavascriptHtmlLinuxUMLAsp.NetMVCJ2Ee

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Top Software Architect Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. System Architecture
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Discovered system requirements for Task Manager web application, reviewed use cases and translated them to technical specification.
  • Created unified system architecture for the different but interdependent systems.
  • Implemented the software for the Compliance Data Mart using ORACLE PL/SQL.
  • Performed various system and database administrative tasks on development and production servers.
  • Key role in implementing a Catalyst integration platform.

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