Solution architect

IT solution architect
Computing and ICT
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Career outlook for

Figures and forecasts for roles at the same level, which require similar skills and qualifications.

Average UK salary

£52,000

Currently employed in Scotland

11,000

Five year job forecast

+4.14%

"LMI for All" supplies our salary and employment status information. "Oxford Economics" supplies job forecasts and employment figures.

What's it like?

As a solution architect you’d use your knowledge of technology to consult with clients and solve their business problems.  

Start by consulting with clients to identify what issues they’re facing and what you can do to help them meet their goals. You’d think outside the box to come up with ideas and consider various options that would solve their problems.  

Once you’ve presented the options to your clients you decide on which idea to put into action. It’s then your job to plan, design and develop the technical solutions, deciding what the requirements and priorities are.

You’d work with developers and software engineers to organise their tasks and make sure the project runs smoothly. Providing guidance to teams and supporting them with certain tasks might also be expected. 

What you might do:

  • Work with clients and businesses to understand any issues and concerns  
  • Come up with practical solutions to technical problems and present these to clients 
  • Determine the scope of a project and decide on what resources are needed 
  • Coordinate teams of developers and engineers to deliver on project goals 
  • Motivate your team and provide guidance when they need it 
  • Determine potential risks and have solutions in place to mitigate them 
  • Keep up to date with latest technology and software 
  • Test software to make sure it works the way it’s expected to 

Working conditions

Hours

Working hours can vary, but usually full-time hours will be Monday to Friday around 37-40 hours per week.

Environment

You’ll likely be based in an office. The size of the team you work with will differ from business to business.

Travel

You might work as a contractor, which would mean you might move from job to job a lot. You also might be required to travel to meet clients or travel to various training events.

UK employment status

Full-time

91%

Part-time

4%

Self employed

5%

Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.

  • Building relationships
  • Listening
  • Verbal communication
  • Working with technology
  • Written communication
  • Creative
  • Problem solving
  • Researching
  • Attention to detail
  • Developing a plan
  • Taking responsibility
  • Analysing

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

There are a number of ways to get qualified for this job, through college/university study or through work-based qualifications, such as apprenticeships.

Depending on their level of expertise, solution architects will often have a Higher National Diploma, a degree or a postgraduate qualification in the following subjects:

  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Business Information Systems

Employers will consider Graduates from non-computing subjects if they are able to demonstrate essential technical knowledge. There are also postgraduate IT conversion courses available to graduates who need to strengthen their technical skills.

It's worth noting that a lot of solution architect jobs look for a high level of skills and extensive experience, however some companies do offer solution architect intern positions.

Useful subjects

Many colleges and universities will have required subjects that you must have for entry. They might also highlight additional subjects that they would value. Look at individual institutions’ websites for specific entry information. 

Useful subjects would be:

  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • Economics

Helpful to have

Not all employers list specific qualification requirements they might ask for relevant (usually work based) experience that demonstrates a range of transferable skills.

Membership of industry organisations can also be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry, add to your knowledge and link to opportunities.