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Working As A Technology Architect

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technology Architect Do

Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.

Duties

Architects typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures
  • Give preliminary estimates on cost and construction time
  • Prepare structure specifications
  • Direct workers who prepare drawings and documents
  • Prepare scaled drawings, either with computer software or by hand
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors
  • Manage construction contracts
  • Visit worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans
  • Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations

People need places to live, work, play, learn, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places. They work on public or private projects and design both indoor and outdoor spaces. Architects can be commissioned to design anything from a single room to an entire complex of buildings.

Architects discuss the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project with clients. In some cases, architects provide various predesign services, such as feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, cost analyses, and design requirements.

Architects develop final construction plans after discussing and agreeing on the initial proposal with clients. These plans show the building’s appearance and details of its construction. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; and plumbing. Sometimes, landscape plans are included as well. In developing designs, architects must follow state and local building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy access to buildings for people who are disabled.

Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. However, hand-drawing skills are still required, especially during the conceptual stages of a project and when an architect is at a construction site.

As construction continues, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, adhere to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.

Architects may also help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts.

Architects often collaborate with workers in related occupations, such as civil engineers, urban and regional planners, drafters, interior designers, and landscape architects.

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How To Become A Technology Architect

There are typically three main steps to becoming a licensed architect: completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Education

In all states, earning a professional degree in architecture is typically the first step to becoming an architect. Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, intended for students with no previous architectural training. Many earn a master’s degree in architecture, which can take 1 to 5 years in addition to the time spent earning a bachelor’s degree. The amount of time required depends on the extent of the student’s previous education and training in architecture.

A typical bachelor’s degree program includes courses in architectural history and theory, building design with an emphasis on computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), structures, construction methods, professional practices, math, physical sciences, and liberal arts. Central to most architectural programs is the design studio, where students apply the skills and concepts learned in the classroom to create drawings and three-dimensional models of their designs.

Currently, 34 states require that architects hold a professional degree in architecture from one of the 123 schools of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). State licensing requirements can be found at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In the states that do not have that requirement, applicants can become licensed with 8 to 13 years of related work experience in addition to a high school diploma. However, most architects in these states still obtain a professional degree in architecture.

Training

All state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a lengthy paid internship—generally 3 years of experience—before they may sit for the Architect Registration Examination. Most new graduates complete their training period by working at architectural firms through the Intern Development Program (IDP), a program run by NCARB that guides students through the internship process. Some states allow a portion of the training to occur in the offices of employers in related careers, such as engineers and general contractors. Architecture students who complete internships while still in school can count some of that time toward the 3-year training period.

Interns in architectural firms may help design part of a project. They may help prepare architectural documents and drawings, build models, and prepare construction drawings on CADD. Interns may also research building codes and write specifications for building materials, installation criteria, the quality of finishes, and other related details. Licensed architects will take the documents that interns produce, make edits to them, finalize plans, and then sign and seal the documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Most states also require some form of continuing education to keep a license, and some additional states are expected to adopt mandatory continuing education. Requirements vary by state but usually involve additional education through workshops, university classes, conferences, self-study courses, or other sources.

A growing number of architects voluntarily seek certification from NCARB. This certification makes it easier to become licensed across states, because it is the primary requirement for reciprocity of licensing among state boards that are NCARB members. In 2014, approximately one-third of all licensed architects had the certification.

Advancement

After many years of work experience, some architects advance to become architectural and engineering managers. These managers typically coordinate the activities of employees and may work on larger construction projects.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architects must understand the content of designs and the context in which they were created. For example, architects must understand the locations of mechanical systems and how those systems affect building operations.

Communication skills. Architects share their ideas, both in oral presentations and in writing, with clients, other architects, and workers who help prepare drawings. Many also give presentations to explain their ideas and designs.

Creativity. Architects design the overall look of houses, buildings, and other structures. Therefore, the final product should be attractive and functional.

Organizational skills. Architects often manage contracts. Therefore, they must keep records related to the details of a project, including total cost, materials used, and progress.

Technical skills. Architects need to use CADD technology to create plans as part of building information modeling (BIM).

Visualization skills. Architects must be able to see how the parts of a structure relate to each other. They also must be able to visualize how the overall building will look once completed.

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Technology Architect Career Paths

Technology Architect
Solutions Architect Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Vice President Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Program/Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Architect Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Manager
Senior Solutions Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Business Intelligence Analyst Business Intelligence Manager
Business Intelligence-Senior Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Enterprise Project Manager
Enterprise Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Program Manager Engagement Manager
Client Partner
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Chief Architect 3.6 years
Architect 3.1 years
Senior Architect 2.9 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Technology Architect
Consultant 6.2%
Developer 5.6%
Architect 3.1%
Programmer 2.2%
Top Careers After Technology Architect
Architect 10.2%
Consultant 6.6%

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Technology Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

77.8%

Female

11.8%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

46.1%

Asian

28.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Black or African American

9.0%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.4%

German

9.4%

French

9.4%

Sami

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Urdu

3.1%

Dutch

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Persian

3.1%

Cherokee

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Polish

3.1%

Thai

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%
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Technology Architect Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

More Tech Institute

11.6%

DePaul University

6.7%

University of Houston

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.3%

New York University

4.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

National Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Kansas

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

National University

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.5%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Georgia State University

3.2%

The Academy

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.8%

Business

10.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Computer Engineering

9.1%

Computer Applications

7.0%

Information Technology

5.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Engineering

4.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Information Systems

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Finance

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Architecture

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.8%

Masters

37.9%

Other

9.5%

Associate

2.2%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.0%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Technology Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technology Architect in the United States is $100,567 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $138,000.

Real Technology Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Architect Riot Games Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jul 30, 2015 $250,000
AEM Technical Architect Adobe Systems Incorporated Glendora, CA Feb 18, 2016 $202,664
Technical Architect Adobe Systems Incorporated Los Angeles, CA Jun 01, 2015 $200,600
AEM Technical Architect Adobe Systems Incorporated Los Angeles, CA Feb 18, 2016 $200,600
Technical Architect Professional Access Ltd. Wayne, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $200,000
Technical Architect McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $195,000
Curam Technical Architect D2Sol, Inc. Lincoln, NE Apr 03, 2016 $180,000
Salesforce Healthcare Enterprise Technical Architect Philips Electronics North America Corporation Foster City, CA Jul 11, 2016 $179,375
Technical Architect Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Feb 12, 2015 $175,000
Technical Architect Valtech Solutions Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2016 $170,000
Technical Architect Tavant Technologies, Inc. Bothell, WA Mar 06, 2015 $170,000
Technical Architect Tavant Technologies, Inc. Iowa City, IA Feb 25, 2015 $170,000
Technical Architect Matrix Resources, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2016 $165,000 -
$175,000
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Irvine, CA May 12, 2016 $107,220
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Rosemead, CA Dec 19, 2016 $107,220
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Sunnyvale, CA Oct 29, 2015 $107,183
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Goleta, CA Aug 02, 2015 $107,144
Technical Architect Mindtree Limited Warren, NJ Apr 02, 2016 $107,120
Associate Technical Architect-Oracle Enterpriseone CNC Systime Computer Corporation Edison, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $107,120
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Torrance, CA Oct 02, 2015 $107,119
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Irvine, CA Jan 25, 2016 $107,119
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Cranston, RI Aug 14, 2016 $102,413
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Irving, TX Sep 18, 2015 $102,413
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Malvern, PA Feb 13, 2016 $102,413
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Mason, OH Jan 03, 2016 $102,413
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Atlanta, GA Jun 08, 2016 $102,413
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Hartford, CT Jul 08, 2016 $102,413
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Philadelphia, PA Jun 14, 2016 $102,413
Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited Saint Louis, MO Oct 30, 2015 $102,413

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Top Skills for A Technology Architect

  1. Web Application
  2. Technical Architect
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Provide intelligent solutions implementing the best web applications.
  • Review and integrate the technical architecture requirements for the development, execution, and operations environments.
  • Worked extensively in PL/SQL function, packages, procedures for loading of complex facts and pivoting the complex legacy data.
  • Analyze all business requirements and functional specifications for customer tracking and retention OLTP and enterprise data warehouse project.
  • Managed design, planning and execution of migration activities to Migrate/Decommission infrastructure without disruption to business groups.

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