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Future in IT: Data Architect

Data architect is undoubtedly the most sizzling job title that you can put on your curriculum vitae. Data architects develop the underlying architecture to analyze and process data in the way the organization needs it. A data architect creates the blueprint of a data science project by integrating, centralizing, protecting and maintaining the source of data from a wide range of data management systems and technologies. The ultimate objective of data architects is to make sure that the entire data environment is always available, stable and secure.

Technical Skills Required:
  • Solid grasp of data-driven programming languages like SQL, Hive, XML, Spark etc.
  • Proven expertise in data warehousing and data mining solutions.
  • Detailed knowledge of database architecture.
  • Hands-on experience with ETL, spreadsheet and BI tools.
Business Skills Required:
  • Analytical Problem-Solving
  • Industry Knowledge
  • Expert Management
  • Effective Communication
Key Responsibilities for Data Architect:
  • Develop data models for database structures
  • Design, document, construct and deploy database architectures and applications (e.g. large relational databases or NoSQL databases)
  • Create a complete picture of how data will flow
  • Take care of technical functionality like scalability, security, performance, data recovery, reliability, etc.
  • Maintain a corporate repository of all data architecture artifacts
How to Become a Data Architect:

Earn a bachelor’s degree:

A bachelor’s degree program in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, or a related field can help prepare students for future careers as data architects. An IT degree program may include coursework in database systems, data management, Web development, programming, operating systems, technology architecture, and systems analysis. These programs also could cover IT problem-solving skills.

Gain Work Experience:

Becoming a data architect may require 3 to 10 years of experience in the IT field. While there is no specific route to becoming a data architect, potential job candidates need extensive skills in database design, development, management, modeling, and warehousing. Entry-level IT jobs in programming or database administration can help aspiring data architects gain the experience needed for a job in data architecture.

Average Salary for Data Architects:

The average Data Architect salary in Australia is $120,000 per year or $61.54 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $42,783 per year while most experienced workers make up to $204,000 per year.

 

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