Job outlook Computer Software Engineer in Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region

Job opportunities for Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173) are good in Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a computer software engineer.

Job opportunities in Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region

computer software engineer
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173) in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region for the 2019-2021 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.

Within this economic region, the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo area is among the top three technology clusters in Ontario. The region has a diverse technology base with growth planned by several companies. The area is also home to some of the province's larger computer systems design firms, software producers, as well as established companies and start-ups.

The insurance sector also has a strong presence in the economic region, particularly in the City of Waterloo. Similar to other areas of the financial services, the sector is advancing digital technology as a way to apply new features for customer interaction. Generally, there are a number of incubators, accelerators and corporate innovation laboratories supporting companies at various stages of growth and development, and this also bodes well for work opportunities.

Here are some key facts about Software engineers and designers in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region:

  • Approximately 2,610 people work in this occupation.
  • Software engineers and designers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 55%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 19%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 8%

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The job outlook for a computer software engineer working in Ontario is good over the next 3 years.

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