System Designer Career Field

system designerSystem designers have a few different names. They can also be called computer systems analysts and computer system architects. Their main job is to design and create new computer systems by selecting hardware and software that will work together to perform tasks that businesses and institutions need to get their jobs done. System designers specialize more in creating and designing computer systems while system analysts work more in ensuring that computer systems are running smoothly and optimally.

Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Architecture, or Information Technology (4 years of college)
Master’s Degree in Business or Computer Science (2 years beyond Bachelor’s Degree)

These days employers like to hire system designers with at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, software design, or a computer related field. Management positions generally require at least a master’s degree in business or a computer technology field.


Educational Courses

Programming Principles
Programming Paradigms
Data Structures
Logic & Computation
Computer architecture
Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
Differential Equations


Employment Statistics

Number Employed in 2008: 532,200
Projected Employment through 2018: 640,300
Average Annual Salary for System Designers in 2008: $75,500


Great Colleges

Kaplan University
Rasmussen College
Everest University
DeVry University
Virginia College


Related Careers

Computer and information systems managers
Computer network, systems, and database administrators
Computer software engineers and computer programmers
Management analysts
Operations research analysts

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