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Overview:

  • Computer programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for microcomputer and mainframe software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software.
  • Interactive media developers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for internet applications, computer-based training software, computer games, film, video and other interactive media.
  • They are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting firms, and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Tasks:

Computer programmers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Write, modify, integrate and test software code.
  • Maintain existing computer programs by making modifications as required.
  • Identify and communicate technical problems, processes and solutions.
  • Prepare reports, manuals and other documentation on the status, operation and maintenance of software.
  • Assist in the collection and documentation of user’s requirements.
  • Assist in the development of logical and physical specifications.
  • May lead and co-ordinate teams of computer programmers.
  • May research and evaluate a variety of software products.

Interactive media developers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Program animation software to predefined specifications for interactive CDs, DVDs, video game cartridges and internet-based applications.
  • Program special effects software for film and video applications.
  • Write, modify, integrate and test software code for e-commerce and other internet applications.
  • Assist in the collection and documentation of user’s requirements.
  • Assist in the development of logical and physical specifications.
  • May lead and co-ordinate teams of interactive media developers.
  • May research and evaluate a variety of interactive media software products.

Job Titles:

  • Web Programmer
  • Application Programmer
  • Business Application Programmer
  • Computer Game Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • E-Business (Electronic Business) Software Developer
  • Interactive Media Developer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Operating Systems Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Scientific Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Programmer
  • Systems Programmer

Expertise:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science or in another discipline with a significant programming component
    or
    Completion of a college program in computer science is usually required.
  • Specialization in programming for engineering and scientific applications requires specific post-secondary study or experience.

Vacancies:

Most opportunities are in Ontario.

Pay Scale:

The wages range from $18.00/hr. to $45.67/hr. as per the location.