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Solution Architect

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What is a Solution Architect

Solution Architects use their knowledge of technology to solve client problems and create innovative technical solutions that help businesses to achieve their goals.

You could be researching revolutionary technology for a pioneering business or thinking outside of the box to create brand-new software solutions personalised to your clients’ needs.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Communicating with businesses to understand their current technical issues and concerns.
  • Creating clear proposals that present practical solutions to business problems.
  • Co-ordinating teams of developers and engineers to deliver on project goals.

Getting in and Qualifications


Depending on their level of expertise, Solution Architects will often have a HND, a degree or a postgraduate qualification in the following subjects:

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

It is also possible to gain a degree and a postgraduate qualification in the same course with an Integrated Master’s qualification, which provides more in-depth study over a five-year period.

Another option is an apprenticeship in Software Development, which means you can get a qualification while developing the practical software skills required in most solution architecture jobs.


Membership of an industry organisation can also be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry and land a suitable role.

The industry membership organisation for the Scottish digital sector is Scotland IS.

See Computer Science careers advice from the industry membership organisation, the Institution of Analysts and Programmers.

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