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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

  • $114,850

    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
Software Developer Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
System Design Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Project Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
System Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Project Leader Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 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

71.1%

Asian

16.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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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%

Engineering

3.5%

Graphic Design

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

DrawingsAutoCADControlSystemsBlockDiagramsDatabaseHardwareCustomerServiceProjectManagementWebProceduresAudioSystemDesignWindowsNTVideoPl/SqlHvacTechnicalSupportArchitectsPScope

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  1. Drawings
  2. Auto CAD
  3. Control Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Produced and checked location drawings, loops, instrument index, junction boxes, and control room marshaling box drawings.
  • Logged field red lines and made Auto CAD updates for the project as required.
  • Managed and designed the design and the building of modular control systems designs for machining center integration to robotic control systems.
  • Participate in Bridge Reporting Oracle database table/query/report design for conversion.
  • Ensured that IT hardware specifications met customer demands in accordance with bid specifications.

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