Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Computer programmers and interactive media developers

NOC
2174

Write, modify and test computer code for application-level and operating systems-level software, or for interactive media, such as games, e-learning, and mobile applications.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

63
 

Median Hourly Wage

$30.29
$19.00
Low
$43.27
High

Median Salary

$61,792
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

1,356
 

% Working Full Time

96%
 

% Working Full Year

78%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Computer programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software. Interactive media developers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for Internet and mobile 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.

Main Duties

Computer programmers and interactive media developers perform some or all of the following 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 video games, Internet and mobile applications
  • Program special effects software for film and video applications
  • Write, modify, integrate and test software codes for e-commerce, Internet and mobile 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.

Also Known As

  • 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
  • Web programmer
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • 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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

15.2%
Female
84.8%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

11.2%
15-24
29.4%
25-34
39.0%
35-44
16.0%
45-54
4.5%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
7.4%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
38.9%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
53.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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42.9%
Professional, scientific and technical services
13.8%
Public administration
9.0%
Information and cultural industries
34.3%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

6.30%
Northeast
35.30%
Southeast
16.00%
Southwest
39.80%
Central
2.60%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$54,218
Northeast
$61,764
Southeast
$70,848
Southwest
$65,182
Central
$32,178
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$30.29
$19.00
Low
$43.27
High

Southeast

$29.23
$22.59
Low
$43.27
High

Southwest

$29.68
$17.95
Low
$67.31
High

Central

$32.05
$18.00
Low
$43.27
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$61,792

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$66,498

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$61,792

Newfoundland

$63,918

Prince Edward Island

$62,058

Nova Scotia

$56,642

Canada

$68,788
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

63
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-6
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

70
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

201
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-55
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

257