Data Architect

Job Description

Companies are making data-driven decisions now more than ever, and they need people to design and manage the databases where they store that data. That’s where Data Architects come in. A Data Architect visualizes, designs, and prepares data in a framework that data scientists, engineers, and analysts can use.Data Architects often take data from disparate sources and develop a vision for combining those sources into a more cohesive, easier-to-use framework. A Data Architect must create an end-to-end vision for how a design might translate into physical databases and how to integrate disparate sources of data. Data Architects work closely with users as well as developers to create plans.

Today, Data Architects need to be able to model and predict how changes in the way an organization acquires data could impact the way the organization uses that data, and map out the way data will flow through the various stages of a project.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement comprehensive enterprise data strategies, including data modeling, implementation, and data management for enterprise data warehouses, and advanced data analytics systems
  • Responsible for planning and implementing data management for new data sources, publicly available data, business-to-business partnerships, and advanced data analytics systems all following the comprehensive enterprise data strategy
  • Gather requirements, gain business and IT alignment, perform vendor and product evaluations, mentor business and IT resources
  • Work with cross-functional teams to ensure end-to-end technical and business viability
  • Ensure the successful delivery of solutions, training and documentation
  • Provide leadership in establishing operational and analytic environments

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, MIS, or mathematics, as well as 10+ years of experience in information technology (IT).

10+ years of progressively responsible experience in a directly related area, demonstrating both professional and management capabilities, and extensive experience in collecting business requirements from customers and transforming those requirements into business solutions are strongly preferred.

Skills and Competencies

  • Experience working with structured and unstructured data
  • Experience consuming/exposing data in various ways, including APIs, BI Tools, SQL
  • Ability to reverse engineer existing data flows and source-to-target mappings
  • In-depth knowledge of a wide range of established and emerging data technologies
  • Proven experience in implementation
  • Solid understanding of data architecture and data modeling techniques


According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Data Architect with

1 year of experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $110,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $115,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $121,000
  • Miami, Florida: $105,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $115,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $120,000
  • Houston, Texas: $104,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $132,000
  • New York, New York: $110,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $100,000
  • Overall: $115,000

5 years of experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $120,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $119,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $135,000
  • Miami, Florida: $109,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $120,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $125,000
  • Houston, Texas: $129,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $140,000
  • New York, New York: $114,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $114,000
  • Overall: $121,000

Similar Job Titles

  • Data Designer
  • Data Strategist
  • Business Intelligence Solution Architect
  • Solution Architect
  • Cloud Architect
  • Business Intelligence Architect

Career Path

Data Architects usually have educational backgrounds in computer engineering, computer science, or related fields with coursework in application design, systems development, and information management. They also study subjects like computer programming, web development, operating systems, systems analysis, and technology architecture.

As students, people starting on the path to become a Data Architect do internships in IT fields where they can learn network management and application design. Data Architect is not usually an entry-level position, so many Data Architects often begin their careers as Database Administrators and work on their skills database management, data modeling, and data warehousing.

It’s also important for a Data Architect to pursue professional certifications like the CDP (Certified Data Professional), offered by the Institute for Certified Computing Professionals. Many companies also prefer people in senior-level positions as Data Architects to have master’s degrees in computer science or data science.

Position Trends

Many organizations are transitioning to storing their data in the cloud, and creating plans for cloud migration is a growing trend in the data architecture field. Also, as organizations attempt to become more agile and responsive, many companies desire real-time analytics, which requires a Data Architect to design faster and more flexible systems.

According to a survey of subscribers to the trade publication Database Trends and Applications, database performance is becoming a more common concern for Data Architects. In 2019, 64 percent of subscribers surveyed reported spending more time on database performance. Machine learning, the use of data lakes, and using data engines like Spark are also becoming more common in the field.

Job Outlook

Data is a significant part of business decisions today. As the demand for faster and more nimble data storage systems increases, companies will need experienced Data Architects to design systems to meet their current needs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer network architect field is expected to grow by five percent between 2018 and 2028, which is an average growth rate.

Typical Hours

The typical work hours in an office setting for a Data Architect are usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Freelance workers are usually able to set their own workdays and hours.

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