How to become a Systems Designer (Information Technology)

Systems designers (IT) create detailed design documentation for the development and integration of computer systems to meet the needs of businesses.

Personal requirements of a Systems Designer (Information Technology)

  • Able to understand and solve complex problems
  • Logical and analytical approach to solving problems
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Able to direct the work of others
  • Willing to actively maintain personal skills and knowledge of IT

Education & Training for a Systems Designer (Information Technology)

To become a systems designer you usually need to study information technology, computer science or computer engineering at university, specialising in computing systems, and have substantial systems engineering industry experience. 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Systems Designer (Information Technology)

Systems designers (IT):

  • work with analysts on the feasibility of a conceptual design by taking technical specifications prepared by the analyst and designing system components to meet the set requirements
  • draw up detailed design documentation including charts and diagrams that indicate the various components involved
  • prepare instructions for programmer implementation
  • talk with other team members (analysts and programmers) to ensure functionality according to systems specifications, and develop solutions as problems or issues arise
  • design monitoring and performance measurement processes.

Employment Opportunities for a Systems Designer (Information Technology)

Systems designers work in a range of occupational environments. They may work in IT-specific industries, which can be large or small, as well as other industries requiring their expertise. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment. In some organisations, the systems design role may be combined with the analyst and/or programmer role. Career progression is generally from programmer/engineer to analyst, to designer.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 4%

NSW 41.7%

NT 0.2%

QLD 12.4%

SA 5.1%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 30.1%

WA 5.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 88%

Female 12%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 1.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 1.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 57.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 28%

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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