Information & Communication Technology

IT Systems Designer

IT systems designers develop a detailed plan for the creation and integration of a computer system to meet the needs of a business.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an IT Systems Designer do?

IT systems designers develop a detailed plan for the creation and integration of a computer system to meet the needs of a business.


Work activities

As an IT systems designer, you would:

  • meet with clients or analysts to discuss their needs,budget and existing technological capabilities
  • draw up conceptual designs using technical specifications to meet requirements
  • illustrate a detailed design plan with charts and diagrams depicting the various components involved
  • create guidelines for programmer implementation
  • talk with other team members (analysts and programmers) to ensure functionality according to systems specifications
  • develop solutions as problems or issues arise.

Key skills and interests

To become an IT systems designer, you would need:

  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • a logical and methodical way of working
  • to be able to clearly explain complex IT solutions in non-technical language
  • the ability to work as part of a team or independently
  • good communication skills
  • a commitment to ongoing learning of IT knowledge and skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As an IT systems designer you would work a standard number of hours per week, with overtime to meet deadlines or solve critical technical problems.


IT systems designers work inside their own organisations, or for companies that provide outsourced IT services to a range of clients. You would be based in an office, and if you work for an IT services firm, you may work on site in your client's office. You may need to travel locally or interstate on projects, and may need to stay away from home for periods of time during project roll-outs.


How to become an IT Systems Designer?

Entry Level Education

To become an IT systems designer you would usually need to complete a bachelor's degree in computer science or software engineering, followed by several years' experience in roles such as programmer or analyst before progressing to a systems designer role.

Entry into degree courses usually requires a senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths and computing would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of IT systems designers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Systems designers are likely to see new opportunities because of an increase in the number of products that are now computerised, and need to interface with existing computer systems; and because of the number of IT systems that will continue to need need upgrading or replacing.


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