Software Architect Tops Best Jobs List

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 14 October, 2010 – Software architect topped Money magazine’s Top 100 Best Jobs list for the second year in a row.

Like architects who design buildings, they create the blueprints for software engineers to follow -- and pitch in with programming too. Plus, architects are often called on to work with customers and product managers, and they serve as a link between a company's tech and business staffs.

The job is credited as being “creatively challenging,” and “engineers with good people skills are liberated from their screens. Salaries are generally higher than for programmers—a median of US $119,000 was mentioned—and a typical day has more variety.

The article noted that even though programming jobs are moving overseas, the face-to-face aspect of the position helps cement local demand. In fact, demand for software architects is expected to increase by 34 percent over the next decade. On the downside, because architects are outside the management chain of command, it’s more difficult to get things done.

About one-quarter of the best jobs were related to computer or information technology. Database administrator ranked seventh, information security engineer 17th, software development director 18th, IT manager 20th, and telecom network engineer 21st.

A computer scientist ranked 35th and applications developer 38th on the best jobs list.
In terms of quality of life, a software development test engineer was deemed the seventh-least stressful job on the list and a computer and information scientist the 18th-most-highest-paying job.

For the full list, visit http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2010/.

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