An information technology (IT) architect plays an important part in managing the technological components of a business, specifically security architecture and business plans. IT architects ensure compliance with existing rules and regulations, as well as spearhead the creation and implementation of updated and new security architecture/systems. IT architects also work in risk assessment, foreseeing potential security risks. This career field typically offers a 40-hour workweek and is a salaried position. IT architects usually work in office environments. Occasional travel to industry-related events may be required.
The IT architect works with many different departments across a company. As such, they must be professional, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and have an analytical mind. They should be able to explain their work to people outside of their field, as well as communicate with other IT specialists. Information technology architects need to be able to work unsupervised while thinking outside of the box, in order to find innovative solutions to problems. An individual applying for this position typically must possess at minimum a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field. Many employers will require more education, as well as five or more years of experience. An IT architect also may benefit from having previous leadership positions. Additionally, this is an information-sensitive position that sometimes requires government security clearances and other professional certifications.
Information Technology (IT) Architect Tasks
- Oversee the development of future component architectures and migration plans.
- Conceive, design, prototype, and test new methods, algorithms, and models.
- Define and enforce appropriate technical standards and procedures.
- Lead the research and development of new software products and applications.
- Define system, technical and application architectures for major areas of development.