How to become an App Designer

App designers create programs for smartphones, tablets and computers. They work in a range of industries and across a number of platforms, including Apple iOS and macOS, Google Android, and Windows. An app designer may create games, weather apps, social networking tools, maps and navigation programs, and much more.

Personal requirements of a App Designer

  • Interest in coding
  • A passion for computers
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Patience
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ingenuity and creativity

Education & Training for a App Designer

To become an app designer, you generally have to study computer systems at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops. Visit their website for more details.

Duties & Tasks of a App Designer

App designers:

  • work with clients to devise app specifications
  • code apps using specialist software
  • test apps to ensure they work as intended
  • write documentation to accompany apps
  • update, repair and modify existing apps as required.

Working conditions for a App Designer

Requires spending many hours sitting while using a computer, either in a commercial office or a home office. Makes extensive use of email and other forms of electronic communication.

Employment Opportunities for a App Designer

App designers work in a range of sectors and industries. They may make programs for a single company as an in-house developer, or on a range of programs for an agency. Application developers are highly sought-after and often work on a contractual basis. Some app designers are self-taught and have learnt via instructional books and online videos. As there are no industry standard certifications for mobile app development, this path relies on building a strong portfolio of work. Many people use the creation of an app to launch an entire business, such as Snapchat and Instagram, while other people work on a project-by-project basis.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 3%

NSW 34.4%

NT 0.3%

QLD 17.3%

SA 4.8%

TAS 1.2%

VIC 32.7%

WA 6.3%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 83%

Female 17%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 13.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 12.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 5.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 13%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 47.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 18.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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