Systems designer/builder: job description
The skills of systems designers are called upon when new networks, websites or IT systems are required or when operational problems are encountered with existing systems.
Typical requirements of the job include:
- researching current arrangements
- consulting clients and systems analysts about required specifications
- producing designs that utilise suitable software and hardware
- liaising with other IT staff such as software engineers and programmers
- producing, installing and implementing the new system
- testing and modifying it to ensure that that it operates reliably
- Software firms
- 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 recruitment agencies, in local/national newspapers and in publications such as TARGETjobs IT & Technology, Computing and Computer Weekly as well as their online equivalents.
Computer literacy and familiarity with programming languages and relevant software is essential to the job. Few designers enter the profession immediately after graduation: the majority begin their careers as programmers or analysts.
Graduates with a computer science or software engineering degree are generally preferred, although a scientific, technical, engineering or mathematics degree and/or programming experience gained during placements and vacation work may also be helpful. For graduates without experience or a relevant qualification, a postgraduate IT qualification will be required.
- Meticulous attention to detail
- Logical working
- Capable of meeting high standards
- Teamworking skills
- Analytical skills
- Verbal and written communication skills