Software Architect

Dive into the daily responsibilities, key skills, and main industries of a software architect. Explore industry statistics on employment growth, weekly hours, and annual salary potential.

Overview

Software architects develop customised software solutions for individual clients or businesses. Their process typically involves assessing the end-user’s needs, budget, and industry standards – creating a efficient, cost-effective programs to serve their objectives. Common projects may include user interfaces, desktop applications, web services, and databases.

These professionals generally work within organisations who develop software for other companies. They are required to stay up-to-date with latest tools and technology trends, applying these new practices where possible. Upon project completion, software architects are required to review their products, troubleshooting any issues and performing maintenance where necessary. Depending on their role, they may also provide employees with software guides or training manuals to familiarize them with a new program.

As a subset of software developers, job opportunities for the field are expected to grow very strongly in the next five years – with a projected 23.4% growth, according to SEEK statistics.

Key Skills

  • An extensive knowledge of coding languages, including Javascript, jQuery, HTML, and C++
  • Familiarity with multiple operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and iOS
  • Sharp critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills for developing new, efficient solutions
  • Excellent communication skills; required to work with management, clients, and peers – as well as explain new programs or applications
  • Willingness to learn new industry trends and software practices
  • Experience in data modelling and database design

Quick Facts

Software architects can find work in most regions of Australia, with New South Wales and Victoria currently holding the largest share of workers. Weekly salary potential is currently higher ($2,003) than the all job average ($1,460) with plenty of opportunity for full-time work.

Salary Range

$83,000 – $152,000 (Median: $119,000)*

*Source: Payscale

Average Weekly Hours

41 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*

*Source: Job Outlook

Main Industries

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety

Most Common Qualification Level

55.9% hold a Bachelor’s Degree

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*Sources: payscale.com.au and joboutlook.gov.au – All information is to be used as a guide only, and are accurate at the time of publication.