I wouldn't say that this is always going to be true, but I would expect it in most cases. If someone gets out of college around 22, then spends 2 - 3 years as a junior developer, developer, senior developer, .... This should put them around 30 before they have enough experience to be an architect.
Of course there are people who have the skills to rise more rapidly. And there are candidates who join companies where every employee is "senior engineer" or higher :roll: so there can be cases where people can become architects earlier.
But if I were interviewing at a company, and got introduced to the company's architect who is only 25, then I would insist on me interviewing them before taking the job so I can be convinced that I will be working for someone I can trust to do their job.
Hmmm. This is sounding more like "Jobs Discussion" than anything related to the SCEA exam or assignment. So I have moved this topic to the Jobs Discussion forum. SCEA aspirants who would like to add their comments can follow the link at the top of the page to the new location of this topic.
At a certain very large local employer, "developer" has come to mean "offshore programmer" and "architect" means "onshore programmer". And 2-5 years experience is considered optimal, since beyond that costs more money.
Customer surveys are for companies who didn't pay proper attention to begin with.