Job prospects Programmer Analyst in Québec
Job opportunities for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a programmer analyst.
Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Québec for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
A bachelor's degree in computer science or in a discipline including a major in programming, or a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in computer science may be required to access this occupation. Ongoing on-the-job training is essential in all disciplines, and certifications related to specific skills are assets. A sound knowledge of Internet technology, object-oriented programming languages, database structures and software development life cycles are usually core requirements. Employers are looking for bilingual candidates who have the ability to work in a collaborative and team-based environment, an excellent ability to analyze and synthesize, thoroughness, attention to detail, healthy coping skills, the ability to work under pressure and the ability to keep their skills up to date.
Employment growth in this occupation depends primarily on the demand for computer services and, to a lesser extent, demand in the video game industry. Many information-technology niches are expanding, including cybersecurity, data mining, mobile development, cryptography, the development of more intuitive apps, artificial intelligence, deep learning and automation. The creation of new positions will therefore be driven by the transition of businesses to this new digital era, research and development, robotization and greater productivity requirements, not to mention the gaming industry, which will continue to grow and diversify its activities (mobile games, arcades, films, animation, etc).
Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in Québec:
- Approximately 47,750 people work in this occupation.
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 43%
- Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 14%
- Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (NAICS 52, 53): 7%
- Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 5%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 94% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 6% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 71% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 29% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- 9% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Good Good|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Good Good|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Good Good|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Outaouais Region||Good Good|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Good Good|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Canada over the next 10 years.
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