So curiously enough, the architect titles came up again and again in my interviews. Each company I interviewed with asked how I defined "Architect" and the different stages, and each one defined their own hierarchy differently.
So after a month or so of interviewing, I accepted a position as an enterprise architect sub-contractor to a Big5 consulting company at a pretty interesting client here in Atlanta.
Again, curiously, after all the wondering about future career paths, I ended up going back to consulting. Where skill directly corresponds to income. So far it is very challenging and interesting.
I'm working with Enterprise Architecture (see TOGAF, ZIFA and FEA) across very large (multi-billion dollar) IT groups. So I'll be adding some posts on what I think "Enterprise Architecture" consists of.