We surveyed 452 systems architects to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical systems architect. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a systems architect?

Low

High

Working as a systems architect typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that systems architects are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a systems architect?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a systems 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 systems architect?

Easy

Hard

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

Is being a systems architect stressful?

Low

High

Systems architects tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a systems architect?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a systems architect.

How competitive is the workplace for systems architects?

Low

High

Systems architects see mild competition in their workplace.

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

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for systems architects.

Are systems architects allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

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

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

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally systems architects will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a systems architect physically demanding?

Low

High

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

Are systems architects exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Systems architects tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a systems architect require attention to detail?

Low

High

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

Does being a good systems architect require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a systems architect.