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Working As A Systems Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $90,585

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Designer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Systems Designer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Systems Designer Career Paths

Systems Designer
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
System Design Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Project Manager Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
System Design Engineer Project Engineering Manager Manager, Systems Engineering
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Programmer 5.1 years
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Designer 3.0 years
Systems Designer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 10.9%
Internship 6.5%
Consultant 4.6%
Programmer 4.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.4%
Designer 5.6%
Engineer 3.9%
Owner 3.6%
Internship 3.0%
Manager 2.9%

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Systems Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.4%

Female

15.4%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.2%

Asian

16.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.7%

French

11.0%

Carrier

9.8%

Chinese

7.3%

Mandarin

7.3%

German

4.9%

Japanese

3.7%

Hindi

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Cantonese

2.4%

Russian

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Nepali

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Lithuanian

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%
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Systems Designer Education

Schools

Purdue University

11.2%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

University of Southern California

6.2%

University of Florida

5.6%

Drexel University

5.6%

Wayne State University

5.0%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.0%

Clemson University

5.0%

Syracuse University

4.3%

Houston Community College

4.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.3%

More Tech Institute

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Macomb Community College

3.7%

Northwestern University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

Washington State University

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

Colorado State University

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.4%

Business

14.4%

Computer Science

12.6%

Mechanical Engineering

10.4%

Drafting And Design

7.8%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Engineering

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Information Technology

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.6%

Masters

22.1%

Other

21.5%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Systems Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
System Designer Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Jan 01, 2016 $134,465
System Designer Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Feb 12, 2015 $134,465
Systems Designer/Architect Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Mar 01, 2013 $132,629
Marketing Solution and Systems Designer Best Buy Co., Inc. Richfield, MN Apr 10, 2016 $132,600
Systems Designer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Mar 25, 2016 $130,700
Systems Designer/Architect Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Mar 01, 2013 $126,326
Motion Control/Systems Designer Velocity Stunts USA Inc. Burbank, CA Oct 01, 2011 $125,000
Marketing Solution and Systems Designer Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Richfield, MN Oct 04, 2013 $125,000
Marketing Solution and Systems Designer Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Richfield, MN Mar 14, 2012 $125,000
System Designer Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Dec 01, 2012 $121,902
Systems Designer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Dec 02, 2015 $120,204
Lead System Designer GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, Inc. Wauwatosa, WI Oct 10, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Lead System Designer GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Barrington, IL Jan 18, 2013 $100,000 -
$110,000
Lead System Designer GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Murray, UT Sep 20, 2011 $100,000 -
$120,000
System Designer Siemens Convergence Creators Corp. Irving, TX Feb 09, 2016 $100,000
System Designer Siemens Convergence Creators Corp. Irving, TX Apr 09, 2016 $100,000
Plm/Pdm-Lead System Designer General Electric Company Wauwatosa, WI Aug 29, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Systems Designer Partners Healthcare Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $99,195
Power Systems Designer Research In Motion Corporation Sunrise, FL Feb 14, 2011 $83,000
Lead System Designer McKinstry Company, LLC Seattle, WA Jan 04, 2016 $77,917 -
$84,000
System Designer Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Everett, MA Oct 17, 2012 $77,480
Systems Designer Partners Healthcare Wellesley, MA Apr 14, 2011 $77,250
Internal Systems Designer Calypso Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 25, 2015 $75,046 -
$106,317
Internal Systems Designer Calypso Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 07, 2015 $75,046 -
$106,317
Systems Designer/Developer Pioneer Consulting Services LLC Detroit, MI Jul 14, 2014 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Systems Designer

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  1. Drawings
  2. CAD
  3. Control Systems
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  • Monitored and edited design drawings for accuracy and completion prior to client delivery.
  • Designed and created ladder diagrams showing PLC I/O using AutoCAD, assisted in programming the Emerson DCS
  • Compiled and analyzed data to ensure correct operation of various environmental control systems and determine problems and inefficiencies.
  • Assisted Data Systems Specialist with resolving data integrity issues and addressing database design inconsistencies over time.
  • Maintained departmental computers and software as well as software development and modification to existing software to increase productivity and user friendliness.

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