Computer Software Engineers
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Software engineers and designers research, design, evaluate, integrate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. They are employed in information technology consulting firms, information technology research and development firms, and information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed. (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 descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- A Day in the Life of a Software Developer - from the Princeton Review
- Computer Science Overview - Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
- Sokanu: Software Engineer - occupational videos and info (U.S.)
- What is Software Engineering? - Software Engineer Insider
- Interview: Video Game Programmer/Software Engineer - from StudyinCanada.com
- Software Engineers and Designers - profile, discipline description, and more from Engineers Canada
- Career Paths Booklet (Software Engineering - p.18) - Tech Manitoba's guide for occupations in technology and IT
- Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide (Software Engineering - p.25) - from CERIC
Students interested in Software Engineering may choose to study either Computer Science (in the Faculty of Science) or Computer Engineering (in the Faculty of Engineering) at the University of Manitoba. Graduate studies may be required for some positions, including those in research.
U of M Academic Calendar
The Academic Calendar & Catalogue outlines program admission and course requirements. Use the left menu to navigate to a specific faculty and program. To determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Faculty and Department Homepages
Visit the faculty and department homepage to learn about program application deadlines and processes, as well as additional in-house resources and opportunities.
- Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Science
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Faculty of Engineering
Exploring Other Education Options
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- Accredited Engineering Programs - Engineers Canada
- Accredited University programs - Canada’s Association of Information Technology
- How to Become a Software Engineer - from Peterson's College Quest
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.
- ICTC Outlook Forecast - skills demand by region, employment data and projections
- IT Industry Snapshot - Information Technology Association of Canada
- Engineers Salary Survey - Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba
- EngScape from Engineers Canada - labour market trends for the Canadian engineering profession
- I want to be a machine learning engineer... what will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
- Canada's Best Jobs 2018: The Top 25 - Software Engineer (#23) - Canadian Businessmagazine
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM)
- Canada's Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS)
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
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.
- Tech Manitoba (formerly ICTAM) - business directory
- Tech West Canada directory - western Canadian company directory
- New Media Manitoba
- Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) - members
- Entertainment Software Association of Canada
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