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Software Architect

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops and defines the architecture for computer software and applications projects. Oversees the entire software development process; may manage projects for multiple clients. Analyzes customer or user needs, defines system architecture, and leads team of software developers to design programs and build applications.

Job Outlook

There were 579 Software Architect job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 11938 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Software Architect career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Software Architect jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $125,333.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $124,639.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Software Architect postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $112,922.

Education and Experience

Posted Software Architect jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree61%
Master's Degree35%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other2%

Posted Software Architect jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years5%
3 to 5 years27%
6 to 8 years33%
9+ years34%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Software Architect positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (37%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (29%)
  • Planning (21%)
  • Problem Solving (20%)
  • Research (18%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Software Development (44%)
  • Java (37%)
  • SQL (25%)
  • Software Engineering (23%)
  • Microsoft C# (23%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Kubernetes (14%)
  • Scalability Design (14%)
  • Scrum (13%)
  • Linux (12%)
  • Oracle (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) (7%)
  • AngularJS (7%)
  • Performance & Scalability Design (6%)
  • Unit Testing (6%)
  • Big Data (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Software Architect skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Application Architect
  • Senior Software Architect
  • Applications Architect
  • Application Architect - Epic

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Software Architect jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (468)
  • Humana (413)
  • IBM (268)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (205)
  • Accenture (148)

North Carolina

  • IBM (44)
  • Amazon (14)
  • Accenture (8)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (8)
  • American Red Cross (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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