A data architect actually creates the capability to store vast amounts of data and uses computer programming skills to identify various data and organize it in a meaningful way so that the data is useful. On job boards, this professional may also have other titles such as database architect, database consultant, or information architect to name a few.
How to Become a Data Architect
To become a data architect, you’d first gain a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field (like information technology). According to O*NET OnLine, almost 60% of those surveyed held a bachelor’s degree. Then almost 30% of those surveyed held a master’s degree. So you can continue on with your master’s degree after gaining your bachelors. However, employers are looking for data architects that have years of experience, so you might consider gaining a career in the information technology field after gaining your bachelor’s degree and taking master’s degree courses while employed. This can provide you a fast track to gain the experience necessary and an impressive education for an employer.
You must become highly skilled in a few functional areas relating to computer science. For instance, data architects excel at coding and working with databases. They are also critical thinkers with an engineering mindset as they take existing technology and craft a new data system to fit a business need.
Job Description of a Data Architect
Data architects create extremely complex computer database systems and then analyze existing systems to look for ways to improve performance and functionality. For example, they may look to improve the speed, scalability, security, or reliability of a system. They may also work with other technology professionals to understand the requirements necessary to meet a business need. For example, they may need to consult with database administrators and data analysts to ensure they can easily access and use the data from the system.
Along with creating systems, they also must ensure they are secure and also implement a means to backup the data and recover the data should the technology fail. Along with creating the complex database system, they also document the process to maintain and test that system for other IT professionals to follow.
Indeed.com, Data Architect Salaries in the United States.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Database Administrators.
National Center for O*NET Development. 15-1199.06. O*NET OnLine.