Software engineers / designers

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Job description

Software engineers and designers research, design, evaluate, integrate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. They are employed in information technology consulting firms, information technology research and development firms, and information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Software engineers and designers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Collect and document user’s requirements and develop logical and physical specifications
  • Research, evaluate and synthesize technical information to design, develop and test computer-based systems
  • Develop data, process and network models to optimize architecture and to evaluate the performance and reliability of designs
  • Plan, design and co-ordinate the development, installation, integration and operation of computer-based systems
  • Assess, test, troubleshoot, document, upgrade and develop maintenance procedures for operating systems, communications environments and applications software
  • May lead and co-ordinate teams of information systems professionals in the development of software and integrated information systems, process control software and other embedded software control systems.
Typical background

Educational requirements: Post-secondary degree in software engineering, computer science or related field. Master’s degree a requirement for certain roles. Licensing is required for engineering drawings and reports, and be designated as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).

Experience: Minimum of three years of experience with more required for senior or leadership roles.

Job requirements: Develop logical software specifications based on client’s requirements. Work closely with end-user to design, develop, and test software and related systems. Strong coding skills and knowledge of modern programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, C++ and Ruby, as well as operating systems such as Unix. Ability to design and analyze algorithms and data structures to optimize architecture and evaluate the performance of designs. Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills. Lead others in the development of software and integrated information systems throughout the organization.


National average salary in this occupation is currently $93,600

Career Outlook

Strong employment growth – combined with replacement demand due to skills mismatch, retirements, and other labour force exits – would result in strong demand for Software engineers / designers in the next 5 years.

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