Systems designer/builder: job description

Systems designer/builder: job description

Systems designers (also known as systems builders or architects) analyse, design and modify networks, computer systems and websites.
Computer literacy and familiarity with programming languages and relevant software is essential for this job.

What does a systems designer do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

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

Typical employers of systems designers

  • Software companies
  • IT consultancies
  • Large engineering, telecommunications and computer companies
  • Major commercial and industrial organisations
  • Retailers
  • 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.

Qualifications and training required

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.

To become a programmer or systems analyst you usually need a degree in computer science or a related field, though a few programming apprenticeships are also available.

Key skills for systems designers

  • 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
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