Software / graphical user interface (GUI) developers

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Job description

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.

Job 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.
Typical background

Educational requirements: Post-secondary degree or diploma in computer science, electrical or software engineering or related field.

Experience: Three-to-five years of related work experience, although junior roles require two years or less.

Job requirements: Work with end-users to develop software solutions and applications across several digital platforms, including tablets, mobile devices, and PCs. Design and develop unique, high performance, and scalable software solutions for a range of product. Provide maintenance and support for existing software applications Strong technical skills and experience in various programming languages (e.g. X#, C++, Java, JavaScropt), strong understanding of object-oriented programing, and knowledge of web development tools such as HTML and CSS. Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with end-users.

Salary

National average salary in this occupation is currently $72,200

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 / graphical user interface (GUI) developers in the next 5 years.


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