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Job architecture

What is job architecture?

Job architecture is the process of creating transparency and understanding about how different job positions are organized relative to responsibilities, scope, and skill/education requirements.

Why is job architecture important?

Job architecture helps to provide a structure around the different job positions in an organization by:

  • Defining a career map that outlines the impact of role, career band, and job level.
  • Describing the foundational skill sets, knowledge, abilities, education, and experience of each role.
  • Providing employees with a realistic preview of career opportunities throughout the organization.

How does efficient job architecture help organizations stay up-to-date with new job market trends and skills?

While many jobs will soon be obsolete due to technological advances, at the same time, many new jobs will be created to keep up with the same technology in the future. In addition, a clear job architecture allows organizations to stay up-to-date with new skills and talent requirements needed in the future since market trends help inform job titles, descriptions, and pathways.

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