Typical duties and responsibilities
A web architect is responsible for creating and implementing websites, as well as social media and other applications. They can work for computer system design firms, software companies, or they may be self-employed. However, regardless of where they work, their core duties and responsibilities of a web architect include:
- Advising on security methods
- Implementing their advised security methods
- Overseeing the utilization of primary software programs for various mediums
- Ensuring streamlined operation for software and frameworks
- Determining what code will be utilized in frameworks
- Giving status reports to management on the current status of frameworks
To land a job as a web architect, you will need a minimum of an associates degree in a relevant field, such as web design. However, many employers prefer to recruit clients with a bachelors degree in computer programming or computer science.
Skills and work experience
As well as meeting the educational requirements, web architects will need skills such as:
- Critical thinking, as they will need to use logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses with a particular problem
- Time management, as they are likely to have to work to strict deadlines
- Problem-solving, as a web architects will need to solve a huge range of technical problems in their daily life
- Communication skills, as web architects need to be able to communicate effectively with coworkers
You can expect to be working full-time in normal business hours (Monday to Friday). However, sometimes you will need to be on call and work outside of normal business hours!
According to PayScale, the average salary for a web architect in the United States is $96,738 annually. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $63,000 and the highest 10 percent earned over $145,000 per year.
Typically, web architects will start their career working under the supervision of someone more experienced. However, as they gather more experience, there are options for them to advance into more senior and specialized roles. Web architects can also progress further by become self-employed or owning their own business.