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System Designer

Find out how to become a system designer in the information technology sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an System Designer is $78,400 - 125,600 annually

What does a System Designer do?

System designers create detailed design documentation for the development of computer systems in accordance to business needs.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of a System Designer?

System designers are logical, analytical, and have a high-level knowledge of IT and computer engineering.

  • Ability to solve complex problems with an analytical, systematic approach
  • Ability to communicate and work well with others to ensure functionality in their design
  • Have a keen attention to detail and are highly organised – especially when planning out a complex system design and the many components involved
  • Exert strong leadership skills for delegating tasks or directing the work of others
  • Able to meet strict deadlines
  • Have expertise in information technology and computing systems

How to become a System Designer

To become a System Designer, you'll typically need a bachelor's degree in software engineering or computer science followed by several years of experience as a programmer or analyst.

Studying a ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology can be a great starter qualification, providing you with a great overview of the IT industry. This can be a stepping stone qualification to becoming a System Designer.

Quick facts

System designers are continuously growing in demand, with most working full-time. Here are a few quick facts on the role of a system designer.

Employment for System Designers is set to be very strong over the next five years. From 21,700 in 2020 to 27,100 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    42 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Professional, scientific, and technical services; public administration and safety; and financial and insurance services
  • Job Growth 
    Set to be very strong over the next five years. From 21,700 in 2020 to 27,100 by 2025. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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