Infrastructure Architect Jobs: Career & Salary Facts

Research what it takes to become an infrastructure architect. Learn about education requirements, job duties, job growth and potential salary to determine if this is the right career for you. Schools offering Computer Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is an Infrastructure Architect?

Infrastructure architects design networks or computer systems that support an entire organization. These professionals must possess a strong understanding of both systems administration and software development. They need to be detail-oriented, organized, and be able to work with clients and companies to understand their computing needs and requirements. If the combination of these fields appeals to you, refer to the table below for further information.

Education Required Bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Computer science, computer information systems, information systems management or related field
Key Skills Complete mastery of systems administration or software development, dedication to implementing company goals, ability to solve complex problems and coding skills
Job Growth (2018-2028) 5% for all network and computer systems administrators*
Median Salary (2018) $82,050 for all network and computer systems administrators*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Types of Infrastructure Architect Programs are Available?

As of February 2017, infrastructure architect certificate or degree programs were rarely available. Rather, aspiring infrastructure architects may pursue a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, like computer science, computer information systems or information systems management. You'll then need to accumulate 6-8 years of work experience in a related area, like systems administration or software development.

In a computer science bachelor's program, you'll learn how information processing theories are manifested in the real world through hardware and software. You'll also study programming languages like C++, the fundamentals of algorithms and data structures.

A bachelor's program in computer information systems includes topics like systems development, networking and computer programming. You might learn how to design and implement applications software; you'll also learn how to plan, model and analyze a computer network.

Information systems management bachelor's programs explore the context in which organizations use software and information technology. Students learn to analyze information flows and design solutions that deliver information where and when it's needed. Some programs allow students to specialize in database management, network management or enterprise systems management.

Where Could I Work?

Large organizations with complex needs could be your most likely employers, including major financial institutions, insurance companies or government agencies. Specific employment figures for infrastructure architects were not available, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 366,250 network and computer systems administrators were employed in the U.S. in 2018. From 2018-2028, the BLS projected a 5% increase in employment of network and computer systems administrators.

What Will My Job Duties Be?

You could be responsible for planning and implementing an organization's local area, wide area or wireless network infrastructure. Your top priorities might include enabling maximum data availability on these networks while making sure a company's information remains secure. In some cases, you might design all of an organization's information systems. You may work closely with members of other company departments, like technical operations or computer systems administration.

What Salary Could I Earn?

According to the BLS, the median salary for all network and computer systems administrators was $82,050 as of 2018. The majority of these professionals earned between $50,990 and $130,720.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

There are a number of other computing-related careers that also require a bachelor's degree in the field. You could pursue a job as a computer and information systems manager, which involves working with clients to determine how they want their entire IT system to function and implementing computing systems to meet specific goals. You may also be interested in pursuing a career as a computer programmer. Programmers design and write computing code for applications and software that allow them to run properly.

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