Research Summary. After extensive research, interviews, and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
Salaries have increased 10% for solutions architects in the last 5 years
Projected job growth for solutions architects is 8% from 2018-2028
There are over 142,537 solutions architects currently employed in the United States
There are 107,754 active solutions architect job openings in the US based on job postings
The average salary for a solutions architect is $116,327
Yes, solutions architect jobs are in demand. The job market for analysts is projected to grow 8% from 2018 to 2028.
|Year||# Of Jobs||% Of Population|
|Year||Avg. Salary||Hourly Rate||% Change|
Mouse over a state to see the number of active solutions architect jobs in each state. The darker areas on the map show where solutions architects earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.
|Rank||State||Population||# of Jobs||Employment/1000ppl|
|1||District of Columbia||693,972||705||102%|
|Rank||City||# of Jobs||Employment/1000ppl||Avg. Salary|
We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
Dak Kopec Ph.D.: Having an area of expertise beyond the common skills that most graduates possess. Many firms are looking for those promotable employees, and these folks often speak with a high degree of intelligence about one or more aspects of design. I see that those with added skills in Health, Education, Sustainability, Technology, etc., often lead those departments in the firm, which becomes their mobility path to executive management. It's all about having something different or better than your competitors.
Dak Kopec Ph.D.: Flexibility in thinking and the ability to understand other people's perspectives. Basically, to get along as a team while keeping the negativity to a minimum.
Dak Kopec Ph.D.: Revit and CAD. Especially as these relate to performative design. What I mean by performative design are technologically feature-rich buildings to respond to atmospheric and environmental conditions that support human occupation and productivity.
Dak Kopec Ph.D.: I don't think it's a skill as much as a specialization. Suppose a student wants to work in health design (for example). In that case, they will need to know the language that health practitioners use, or they risk saying something incorrectly and losing credibility. All sectors of society have words and acronyms that they use in everyday communication. If an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer has a specialization and can carry on a thoughtful conversation with the decision-makers of that industry (commercial, education, health, etc.), they will be valuable to that firm. The key is having a strong baseline knowledge in the area that a building type is being designed or redesigned for.