Systems designer/builder: job description
The skills of systems designers are called upon when new networks, websites or IT systems are required.
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- researching current arrangements
- consulting clients and systems analysts about requirements
- producing designs that utilise suitable software and hardware
- communicating these plans to other IT staff such as software engineers and programmers
- sometimes producing, installing and implementing the new system
- testing and modifying it to ensure that it operates reliably
- explaining new systems to clients in non-technical language
- Software companies
- IT consultancies
- Large engineering, telecommunications and computer companies
- Major commercial and industrial organisations
- The Civil Service
- Financial institutions
Self-employment is often possible for designers with several years' experience.
Jobs are advertised online, by careers services and by specialist recruitment agencies.
Few people go into being a systems designer as their first job. Computer literacy and familiarity with programming languages and relevant software is essential and the majority begin their careers as programmers or systems analysts.
- Meticulous attention to detail
- Logical working
- Capable of meeting high standards
- Teamworking skills
- Analytical skills
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Good interpersonal and client handling skills