We surveyed 596 solution architects to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical solution architect. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a solution architect?

Low

High

Working as a solution architect typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a solution architect?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a solution architect typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a solution architect?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a solution architect.

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Do solution architects work full-time or part-time?

100% of solution architects work in full-time roles while 0% work part-time.

Is being a solution architect stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst solution architects, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a solution architect?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a solution architect.

How competitive is the workplace for solution architects?

Low

High

Solution architects see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a solution architect require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Solution architects will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are solution architects allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Solution architects are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do solution architects have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Solution architects have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a solution architect physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a solution architects is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are solution architects exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, solution architects tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a solution architect require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a solution architect.

Does being a good solution architect require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as solution architects.