Job prospects Computer Software Engineer in the Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region

Explore current and future job prospects for Software engineers and designers in the Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region. These trends also apply to people working as a computer software engineer.

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.

Recent trends from the past 3 years

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2019-2021). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

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Job outlook over the next 3 years

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Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173) in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of 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 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.

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

  • Approximately 3,380 people work in this occupation.
  • Software engineers and designers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 56%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 18%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 7%
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