NOC 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers



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.

Progression to information systems analyst, software engineer or Web designer is possible with experience.

Main Duties

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 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 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.

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science or in another discipline with a significant programming component
    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.

All Titles

  • animation programmer
  • application programmer
  • business application programmer
  • computer application programmer
  • computer game developer
  • computer programmer
  • detail programmer
  • developer, software
  • e-business (electronic business) software developer
  • e-commerce (electronic commerce) software developer
  • EDP (electronic data processing) applications programmer
  • electronic business (e-business) software developer
  • electronic commerce (e-commerce) software developer
  • electronic data processing (EDP) applications programmer
  • game developer, computer
  • graphical user interface (GUI) designer
  • graphical user interface (GUI) developer
  • interactive media developer
  • interactive media programmer
  • Java programmer
  • mainframe systems programmer
  • minicomputer systems programmer
  • multimedia developer
  • multimedia programmer
  • operating systems programmer
  • PC (personal computer) application developer
  • personal computer (PC) application developer
  • programmer analyst
  • programmer, animation
  • programmer, interactive media
  • programmer, special effects
  • programmer, systems
  • programmer, Web
  • satellite scientific telecommunications programmer
  • scientific programmer
  • software developer
  • software developer, e-business (electronic business)
  • software developer, e-commerce (electronic commerce)
  • software developer, electronic business (e-business)
  • software developer, electronic commerce (e-commerce)
  • software development programmer
  • software programmer
  • special effects programmer
  • systems programmer
  • teleprocessing software programmer
  • visual basic programmer
  • Web programmer


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