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21232 – Software developers and programmers

Software developers and programmers design, write, and test code for new systems and software to ensure efficiency. They create the foundations for operative systems and run diagnostic programs to certify effectiveness. They are employed in computer software, computer and video game development firms, information technology consulting firms, and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.


Example titles

  • Application programmer
  • Computer game developer
  • Electronic business (e-business) software developer
  • Interactive media developer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Software developer
  • Software development project manager
  • Software programmer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Design, write, read, test, and correct code for new software
  • Analyze information to recommend and plan the installation of new systems or modifications of an existing system
  • Evaluate simple interrelationships between programs such as whether a contemplated change in one part of a program would cause unwanted results in a related part
  • Program animation software to predefined specifications for interactive video games, Internet and mobile applications
  • Write, modify, integrate and test software code for e-commerce, Internet and mobile applications
  • Develop, implement, modify and maintain gameplay features that integrate effectively into existing software
  • Write documentation for new and updated software.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science or software engineering or in another discipline with a significant programming component or completion of a college program in computer science or related field is usually required.
  • Progression to software engineer is possible with experience.

Additional information

  • Progression to software engineer is possible with experience.


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