Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

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Information Technology Architect (IT Architect), Solutions Architect, Systems Consultant, Systems Engineer

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Information Systems Management
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What they do:
Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.
On the job, you would:
  • Verify stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
  • Develop system engineering, software engineering, system integration, or distributed system architectures.
  • Collaborate with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components.


Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


  • telecommunications


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by writing
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • create new and original ideas


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Web platform development software

  • React Hot Technology
  • Spring Framework Hot Technology

Project management software

  • Atlassian Confluence Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Teams Hot Technology

Development environment software

  • Apache Maven Hot Technology
  • Oracle Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition J2EE Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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