Information Technology Architect Kaihoahoa Hangarau Pārongo

Information technology (IT) architects analyse an organisation's IT needs, recommend solutions and oversee their delivery and implementation.

IT architects may do some or all of the following:

Analyse business needs and recommend IT solutions

  • analyse an organisations' business needs and use of information technology
  • provide detailed information about costs and benefits of various IT solutions
  • recommend suitable solutions including systems, programs and hardware 
  • create architectural plans which outline the structure of new applications.

Oversee the design, build and implementation of new applications

  • oversee the development and building of new computing solutions
  • oversee teams who test, review and fix any problems with new systems
  • ensure that people understand how to use new systems, including developing training plans and manuals.

Physical Requirements

IT architects spend a lot of time using computers, so they need to know how to use computer equipment properly to avoid occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

Useful Experience

Useful work experience for IT architects includes:

  • work in a software development role
  • computer systems management experience
  • general business and project management experience.

Useful basic work experience includes:

  • work in entry-level IT jobs such as information technology helpdesk/support technician
  • on-the-job training through IT internships and graduate recruitment programmes
  • hacking experience gained through study or hacking conferences

Personal Qualities

IT architects need to be:

  • able to lead others
  • able to work through problems logically and methodically
  • good at analysis
  • creative and adaptable
  • able to work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • skilled at oral and written communication, with good presentation skills.

Useful Experience

Useful work experience for IT architects includes:

  • work in a software development role
  • computer systems management experience
  • general business and project management experience.

Useful basic work experience includes:

  • work in entry-level IT jobs such as information technology helpdesk/support technician
  • on-the-job training through IT internships and graduate recruitment programmes
  • hacking experience gained through study or hacking conferences

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include digital technologies, maths and English.

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

Information about Gateway and other work experience programmes

Information Technology Architects can earn around $120K-$152K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Information Technology Architect are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

IT architects may progress to set up their own consultancy business, or move into roles such as chief information officer, information technology manager, or project manager.

Information Technology Architect