The software designer uses their knowledge of programming and development to design new software, shepherding it through the development process and adjusting the overall focus as needed with the assistance and feedback of developers, programmers, and testers. The software designer's job mainly entails designing software and iterating its methodology, answering questions such as how the program will work, how it will fit alongside other software used by target users, how easy users will find it, and how effective it will be at achieving the vision originally imagined by the designer.
Additionally, the software designer creates design documents that specify what the software does, how it will work, and what its scope will be. They work with programmers, developers, and/or software engineers to effectively communicate the purpose and user base for the software, as well as work to help adjust the application as it moves through design process. Additionally, the software designer may need to revisit components — such as user interfaces or storage — based on feedback in testing.
To work as a software designer, a person must have the programming background to understand their work. This usually requires a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. Additionally, practical experience in software development is generally required. Finally, the ability to effectively communicate and express ideas is key to being a good software designer.
Software Designer Tasks
Test and document software for client applications.
Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
Use source debuggers and visual development environments.