Job description Software Development Programmer in Nova Scotia

Find out what work is like for a software development programmer in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 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.

Work week duration

Software 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 Software developers and programmers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • 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.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Sitting
  • Handling material manually
  • Making repetitive motions

Workplaces and employers

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

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

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 21232), and a list of similar occupations:

  • application programmer
  • computer game developer
  • electronic business (e-business) software developer
  • interactive media developer
  • multimedia developer
  • software developer
  • software development project manager
  • software programmer

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

Date modified: