Job description Operating Systems Programmer in Nova Scotia

Find out what work is like for an operating systems programmer in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 21230).

Computer systems developers and programmers


Computer systems developers and programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software. They are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting firms, and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Work week duration

Computer systems developers and programmers usually work between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Between 35 to 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Computer systems developers and programmers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • 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 coordinate teams of computer programmers
  • May research and evaluate a variety of software products.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Sitting
  • Handling material manually
  • Making repetitive motions

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Computer systems developers and programmers are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Information technology departments in the private and public sectors
  • Self-employed
  • Information technology consulting firms
  • Computer software development firms

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Indoors, environmentally controlled

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 21230), and a list of similar occupations:

  • computer programmer
  • operating systems programmer
  • programmer analyst
  • scientific programmer
  • systems programmer

Similar occupations Help - Similar occupations

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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