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Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers

What they do?

Computer programmers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Program animation software to predefined specifications for interactive CDs, DVDs, video game cartridges and internet-based applications

B. Program special effects software for film and video applications

C. Write, modify, integrate and test software code for e-commerce and other Internet applications

D. Assist in the collection and documentation of user's requirements

E. Assist in the development of logical and physical specifications

F. May lead and co-ordinate teams of interactive media developers

G. May research and evaluate a variety of interactive media software products.

H. Write, modify, integrate and test software code

I. Maintain existing computer programs by making modifications as required

J. Identify and communicate technical problems, processes and solutions

K. Prepare reports, manuals and other documentation on the status, operation and maintenance of software

L. Assist in the collection and documentation of user's requirements

M. Assist in the development of logical and physical specifications

N. May lead and co-ordinate teams of computer programmers

O. May research and evaluate a variety of software products.

Where they find work?

1. Computer systems design and related services - 41.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 10.0%
3. Finance and insurance - 8.0%
4. Public administration - 7.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
6. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 4.0%
7. Retail trade - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. 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.

2. Specialization in programming for engineering and scientific applications requires specific post-secondary study or experience.

3. Almost 2 in 5 have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Business
3. Computer-related courses
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers is $26.56/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

4% of Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers are unemployed. This rate is above the average for professionnal occupations.

Unemployment

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($26.56) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. Enrolment in the fields of study related to this occupation has increased considerably. This will likely result in a very significant number of graduates over the next few years and could lead to a decrease in employment opportunities. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers are found in Ontario and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (17%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Project management

2. Team project work

3. Proposal writing

Part Time Workers

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


4% of Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 113,300 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 8% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The younger-than-average age (38) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 14% of Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


22% of the individuals employed as Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.