Job description Computer Software Engineer in the Toronto Region

Find out what work is like for a computer software engineer in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Software engineers and designers (NOC 21231).

Software engineers and designers


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.

Work week duration

Software engineers and designers 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 engineers and designers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • Collect and document users' requirements and develop logical and physical specifications
  • Research, evaluate and synthesize technical information to design, develop and test computer-based systems including mobile applications
  • Develop data, process and network models to optimize architecture and to evaluate the performance and reliability of designs
  • Plan, design and coordinate the development, installation, integration and operation of computer-based systems including mobile applications
  • Assess, test, troubleshoot, document, upgrade and develop maintenance procedures for operating systems, communications environments and applications software
  • May lead and coordinate teams of information systems professionals in the development of software and integrated information systems, process control software and other embedded software control systems.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Sitting
  • Making repetitive motions

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Software engineers and designers are employed and some of their main characteristics:

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

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 21231), and a list of similar occupations:

  • application architect
  • cloud infrastructure engineer
  • cloud operations engineer
  • computer software engineer
  • embedded software engineer
  • mobile development lead
  • site reliability engineer
  • software and information technology project manager
  • software architect
  • software design engineer
  • software design project manager
  • software design verification engineer
  • software designer
  • software project manager
  • software systems integration engineer
  • software technical architect
  • software testing engineer
  • telecommunications software engineer

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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