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Solutions architect

Solution architects lead teams that create new computer systems for clients.

Annual Salary

£37,000 to £80,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

3.4%
Future employment

There will be 3.4% more Solutions architect jobs in 2026.

Day to day tasks

In this role you'll:

  • understand the client's business strategy and needs
  • create solutions to meet your client's needs
  • assess the strengths, weaknesses and costs of different options
  • give advice and suggestions
  • make sure the new solution meets industry regulations
  • manage moving to a new computer system
  • make sure the new solution works with other systems and platforms

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
University

You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in computing.

Relevant subjects include:

  • computer science
  • software engineering for business
  • programming
  • software development
  • cloud computing

Courses with industry placements or summer internships can help to develop your skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
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Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got experience of creating computer software.

It's also useful if you have experience or an understanding of the industry you want to work in, for example banking or retail.

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Career tips

You'll usually need to know about service design principles, agile project management and IT industry standards and regulations.

Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to have a certificate such as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certificate.

Further information

You can find out more about working and training in computing from The Chartered Institute for IT and techskills.

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You could progress to senior or lead solutions architect then move on to an enterprise architect role.

You could also take up wider IT project management jobs, strategy planning or become a consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • persistence and determination
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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