Computer Programmers & Interactive Media Developers
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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. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information:
- Day in the Life of a Computer Programmer - The Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Computer Science Career Overview - Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
- Sokanu - profile & featured videos
- Interview: Computer Programmer - from StudyinCanada.com
- Interview: Video Game Programmer/Software Engineer - from StudyinCanada.com
- Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide - from CERIC
- Career Path Booklet (Computer Programming - p.22) - Tech Manitoba's guide for occupations in technology and IT
- Manitoba Ecosystem: Software Development - Tech Manitoba Guide with education and career information on jobs in software development
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Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupation Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Current employment stats for Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers in Canada (by geography and sector) - from ICTC's e-Talent Canada
- Information & Communication Technology Council of Canada - view 'Research' market reports and learn about Student 'Education & Skills' opportunities
- Robert Half Salary Guides - view the Tech guide for salary and hiring trends
- Manitoba Ecosystem: Software development - Tech Manitoba resource with career information and educational programs related to Software Development
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)
- Association for Women in Computing
- Canada's Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS)
- International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- New Media Manitoba
- Tech Manitoba (formerly ICTAM) - business directory
- Information & Communication Technology Council of Canada (ICTC)
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) - member companies
- Entertainment Software Association of Canada
Search the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.