A data architect is a person responsible for ensuring that the data assets of an organization are supported by an architecture supporting the organization in achieving its strategic goals. The architecture should cover databases, data integration and the means to get to the data. Usually the data architect achieves his/her goals via setting enterprise data standards. A data architect can also be referred to as a Data Modeler, although the role involves much more than just creating data models.
If you choose an educational/career pathway as a data architect you could be employed by a computer systems design and related services firms, such as Internet service providers, healthcare, finance (banking), and data-processing companies.