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.

Sample Job Titles

  • Computer Game Developer
  • Computer Application Programmer
  • Software Programmers
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Programmer
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Electronic Data Processing Applications Programmer
  • Interactive Media Developer
  • Java Programmer

Job Duties

Computer programmers:

  • 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 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:

  • 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 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

Education

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.

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