Coronavirus Update: Our team is here to help our clients and readers navigate these difficult times. Visit our Resources page now »

Skip to Main Content

Software Designers

Software Designer—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

Join Vault Gold to watch these Q&A videos

Software designers, also known as software developers, create new ideas and design prepackaged and customized computer software. Systems software designers create systems software such as computer operating systems, proprietary computer systems for businesses and other organizations, and operating systems that control consumer electronics in cars, big-box appliances, and smartphones. These systems make it possible for computers to complete given tasks and to solve problems. Software applications designers create word processing programs, video games, front-end database programs, and spreadsheet programs. Once a need in the market has been identified, software designers first conceive of the program on a global level by outlining what the program will do. Then they write the specifications from which programmers code computer commands to perform the given functions. There are about 1.1 million software developers and programmers employed in the United States. Computer systems design jobs employed 33 percent of them as of May 2015. Software publishers, finance and insurance business, and electronics product manufacturing employed another 24 percent.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Software Manager

Project Team Leader

Software Designer

Computer Programmer

Related Professions