Job outlooks for Computer programmers and interactive media developers

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Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)

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Newfoundland and LabradorGood

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Newfoundland and Labrador 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.

This occupation is in high demand across many industries as information technology and the knowledge-based economy grow in size and importance. Technology-based companies are a major source of employment growth, particularly in St. John's, with some developing into international leaders in their fields. Workers may improve their prospects by remaining informed about new systems and technologies, and be knowledgeable in multiple programming languages. Entry to the industry may be improved by completing a co-op or work placement during post-secondary studies.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Newfoundland and Labrador region:

  • Approximately 1,150 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 40%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 10%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 9%
    • Universities (NAICS 6113): 7%
    • Insurance Carriers and related activities (NAICS 524, 526): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 84% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 16% for all occupations
  • 78% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 22% work only part of the year, compared to 56% and 44% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 26 weeks for all occupations.
  • 6% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 6% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Avalon Peninsula Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Avalon Peninsula region 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.

This occupation is in high demand across many industries as information technology and the knowledge-based economy grow in size and importance. Technology-based companies are a major source of employment growth, particularly in St. John's, with some developing into international leaders in their fields. Workers may improve their prospects by remaining informed about new systems and technologies, and be knowledgeable in multiple programming languages. Entry to the industry may be improved by completing a co-op or work placement during post-secondary studies.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Avalon Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 1,080 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 46%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 12%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 10%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 10%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 9%
Notre Dame-Central-Bonavista Bay Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

South Coast–Burin Peninsula Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

West Coast–Northern Peninsula–Labrador Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Prince Edward IslandGood

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Prince Edward Island 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.

These workers can be found across a variety of industries as their services are useful to many fields. They are primarily employed in computer systems design firms, as well as various levels of government and financial institutions.

P.E.I.'s “new media” industry served as a significant source of new employment opportunities in this occupation over the last decade. Computer programmers and media developers with experience and up-to-date skills in programming languages such as C++, Unix, SQL, Java and Visual Basic will have the best employment prospects. Technological advancements have made it increasingly easier for users to design, write and implement their own programs, thereby impacting the demand for programmers. In addition to sound technical knowledge, professionals with strong communication and soft skills may fare better in the labour market. Those who are willing to accept temporary or contract-based assignments may have greater employment opportunities.

Additional job opportunities may arise as programmers and developers are promoted to positions as computer analysts or consultants (NOC 2171), as database analysts or data administrators (NOC 2172) or to positions in management or as technical sales specialists in wholesale trade (NOC 6221).

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 550 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 62%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 24%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 74% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 26% 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 29 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • 8% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.

Nova ScotiaGood

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Nova Scotia 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.

This is a large occupation group, where much of the work is found in Halifax as it offers a wide variety of potential employers across industries, including video game development. Job opportunities occur regularly, and those with the high level of specific skills will have an easier time in finding employment. Some lower-level programming tasks may be at risk of disappearing or being outsourced. It will remain essential therefore, that workers keep skills up-to-date. Graduates of advanced co-op programs will have the most success in breaking into the workforce. Remote hiring is common in the information technology field, so jobseekers may benefit from including remote opportunities in their job search.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 3,200 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 51%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 16%
  • 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
  • 73% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 27% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 8% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Annapolis Valley Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Annapolis Valley 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.

Additional information is available at the provincial level.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Annapolis Valley region:

  • Approximately 210 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 48%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 17%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 9%
    • Finance, insurance and real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 8%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 7%
Cape Breton Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Cape Breton 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.

Additional information is available at the provincial level.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Cape Breton region:

  • Approximately 110 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 74%
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 12%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 9%
    • Local, municipal, regional, aboriginal and other public administration (NAICS 913-919): 5%
Halifax Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Halifax region 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.

Additional information is available at the provincial level.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Halifax region:

  • Approximately 2,650 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 59%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 17%
North Shore Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the North Shore 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.

Additional information is available at the provincial level.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the North Shore region:

  • Approximately 130 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 73%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 13%
    • Other manufacturing (NAICS 313-316, 322-323, 327, 331, 333-335, 337, 339): 8%
    • Management and administrative services (NAICS 55-56): 7%
Southern Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Southern 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.

Additional information is available at the provincial level.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Southern region:

  • Approximately 80 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 62%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 24%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 13%

New BrunswickGood

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in New Brunswick 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.

These workers can be found across a variety of industries as their services are useful to a variety of operations. They are primarily employed in computer systems design firms, as well as various levels of government and financial institutions.

Computer programmers and media developers with experience and up-to-date skills in programming languages such as C++, UNIX, SQL, Java and Visual Basic will have the best employment prospects. In addition to sound technical knowledge, professionals with strong communication and soft skills may fare better in the labour market. Those who are willing to accept temporary or contract-based assignments may have greater employment opportunities.

Computer programmers and interactive media developers should benefit from commitments from the Government of New Brunswick and other stakeholders to improve the capacity of the province's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the New Brunswick region:

  • Approximately 2,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 37%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 9%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 8%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 76% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 24% work only part of the year, compared to 60% and 40% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 29 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 8% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Campbellton–Miramichi Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Campbellton - Miramichi 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Campbellton - Miramichi region:

  • Approximately 120 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 24%
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 20%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 13%
    • Furniture and related product manufacturing (NAICS 337): 10%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 8%
Edmundston–Woodstock Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Edmundston - Woodstock 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Edmundston - Woodstock region:

  • Approximately 70 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 38%
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 35%
    • Food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (NAICS 311, 312): 28%
Fredericton–Oromocto Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Fredericton - Oromocto 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Fredericton - Oromocto region:

  • Approximately 880 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 43%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 19%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 9%
    • Utilities (NAICS 22): 8%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 8%
Moncton–Richibucto Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Moncton - Richibucto 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Moncton - Richibucto region:

  • Approximately 830 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 37%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 19%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 16%
    • Computer and Electrical Manufacturing (NAICS 334-335): 6%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 6%
Saint John–St. Stephen Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Saint John - St. Stephen 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Saint John - St. Stephen region:

  • Approximately 410 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 69%
    • Computer and Electrical Manufacturing (NAICS 334-335): 7%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 6%
    • Management and Administrative Services (NAICS 55-56): 6%

QuebecGood

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.
  • Regional outlooks

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Abitibi - Témiscamingue region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several 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 the Abitibi - Témiscamingue region:

  • Approximately 100 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 47%
    • Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 27%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 21%
    • Computer and electronic product manufacturing (NAICS 334): 5%
Bas-Saint-Laurent Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several 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 the Bas-Saint-Laurent region:

  • Approximately 350 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 37%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 14%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 9%
    • Wood product manufacturing (NAICS 321): 8%
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 7%
Capitale-Nationale Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Capitale-Nationale region 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 the Capitale-Nationale region:

  • Approximately 5,680 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 56%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 10%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 8%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 7%
Centre-du-Québec Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Centre-du-Québec region 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 the Centre-du-Québec region:

  • Approximately 820 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 40%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 12%
    • Paper manufacturing (NAICS 322): 6%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 5%
Chaudière-Appalaches Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Chaudière - Appalaches 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.

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 the Chaudière - Appalaches region:

  • Approximately 2,080 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 40%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 18%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 7%
Côte-Nord Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec regions for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions. Part of this growth is attributable to the recovery of losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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 the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec regions:

  • Approximately 50 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Primary metal manufacturing (NAICS 331): 51%
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 49%
Estrie Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Estrie region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several 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 the Estrie region:

  • Approximately 1,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 54%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 7%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 6%
    • Transportation equipment manufacturing (NAICS 336): 5%
Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Lanaudière Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Lanaudière region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several 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 the Lanaudière region:

  • Approximately 1,920 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 49%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 11%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 7%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 5%
Laurentides Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Laurentides 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.

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 the Laurentides region:

  • Approximately 2,560 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 55%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 7%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 5%
Laval Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the census metropolitan area of Montréal, including the Laval region, 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 the census metropolitan area of Montréal, including the Laval region:

  • Approximately 31,790 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 56%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 13%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 9%
Mauricie Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Mauricie region 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 the Mauricie region:

  • Approximately 590 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 49%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 16%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 5%
Montréal Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the census metropolitan area of Montréal 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 the census metropolitan area of Montréal:

  • Approximately 31,790 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 56%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 13%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 9%
Montérégie Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Montérégie region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several 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 the Montérégie region:

  • Approximately 7,890 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 49%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 11%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 10%
Nord-du-Québec Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec regions 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 the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec regions:

  • Approximately 50 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Primary metal manufacturing (NAICS 331): 51%
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 49%
Outaouais Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Outaouais 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.

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 the Outaouais region:

  • Approximately 2,310 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 59%
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 20%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 6%
Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region 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 the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region:

  • Approximately 610 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 77%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 6%

OntarioGood

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Ontario 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.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Various industries, but leading share employed in computer systems design and related services, which include video game design and development
  • Finance and insurance companies
  • Public administration, largely federal government departments
  • Software publishers.

 

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Technological changes occurring in many business operations and investments in new software and related products and systems, including in the automotive, finance and insurance, and health care sectors
  • Remote work structures resulting from COVID-19 accelerated information technology (IT) transformation
  • Key technology trends related to artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, and virtual and augmented reality
  • Significant presence in the number of video game companies in Ontario, which may especially benefit interactive media developers
  • The potential off shoring of some lower value programming work may moderate some job prospects for these professionals.

 

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Knowledge of programming languages such as C#/C++, SQL, Java, and Visual Basic, and operating systems UNIX or Linux
    • Possibility of specializing in additional programming languages and tools for technological clusters
    • Experience or knowledge developing both front-end and back-end software (full stack) is an asset
  • Some positions will seek individuals with skills developing cloud technologies
  • Given the changing nature of digital technology, frequent upskilling is an asset
  • Experience working under various software project management techniques, such as Waterfall and Agile, and familiarity with tools such as JIRA are useful for securing employment.

 

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Beyond the forecast period, a growing share of Ontario’s workforce is expected to have basic coding and other digital skills due to public sector investments, and popularity of coding boot camps
  • In general
    • Micro-credentials or short-term training courses and certification are being offered by post-secondary institutions to help job seekers upskill; courses may also be offered by industry stakeholders

Bridging Programs are also available to assist internationally trained professionals in various fields enter the labour market more quickly in the province.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 85,000 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 42%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 11%
    • Monetary Authorities - central bank and securities, commodity contracts and other intermediation and related activities (NAICS 521, 522, 523): 9%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 72% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 28% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 10% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 3,460 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 47%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 8%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 7%
Kingston–Pembroke Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Kingston - Pembroke region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Kingston - Pembroke region:

  • Approximately 900 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 39%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 10%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 10%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 6%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 6%
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) 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 region has a growing and diverse technology base and several of these companies are expanding. These include more mature companies as well as start-ups involved in the development of artificial intelligence and robotics.

 

The insurance sector also has a strong presence in the economic region, particularly in the City of Waterloo. The sector is advancing digital technology as a way to apply new features for customer interaction.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region:

  • Approximately 8,200 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 50%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 16%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 7%
London Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the London 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the London region:

  • Approximately 2,220 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 57%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 11%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 9%
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Muskoka - Kawarthas region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Muskoka - Kawarthas region:

  • Approximately 890 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 56%
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 6%
    • Utilities (NAICS 22): 5%
Northeast Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Northeast 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Northeast region:

  • Approximately 890 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 39%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 12%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 9%
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 5%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 5%
Northwest Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Northwest region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Northwest region:

  • Approximately 210 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 41%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 24%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 19%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 9%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 6%
Ottawa Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Ottawa 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.

Ottawa is home to some of the larger computer design companies, as well as software publishers in Ontario. Federal government departments, which are dominant in this region, are the second largest employers. Within this economic region, the Ottawa-Gatineau area is among the top three technology clusters in Ontario, and has business expansions.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Ottawa region:

  • Approximately 15,340 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 37%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 34%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 9%
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Stratford - Bruce Peninsula region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Stratford - Bruce Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 530 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 52%
    • Miscellaneous manufacturing (NAICS 339): 18%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 11%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 7%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 6%
Toronto Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Toronto 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.

The City of Toronto has the largest technology cluster in Ontario. The Toronto economic region accounts for an above-average share of, software publishers, computer systems design firms, and video game design and development companies. Recent additions or expansions by major employers in these and related sectors bode well for employment prospects in the region. A few opportunities may also arise in research facilities focussed on advancing new motor vehicle technology such as self-driving cars, as well as in the financial services sector, which has its hub in the City of Toronto.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Toronto region:

  • Approximately 51,080 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 54%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 15%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 10%
Windsor-Sarnia Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Windsor - Sarnia 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Windsor - Sarnia region:

  • Approximately 1,260 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 39%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 15%
    • Motor vehicle, body, trailer and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361-3363): 9%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 8%

ManitobaFair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Manitoba for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of some 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Manitoba region:

  • Approximately 3,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 32%
    • Insurance Carriers and related activities (NAICS 524, 526): 14%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 9%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 79% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 21% work only part of the year, compared to 64% and 36% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 7% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 10% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Interlake Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

North Central Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

North Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Parklands Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

South Central Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Southeast Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Southeast 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Southeast region:

  • Approximately 160 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 51%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 14%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 12%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 10%
    • Utilities (NAICS 22): 8%
Southwest Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Winnipeg Region Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Winnipeg region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

The rapid growth of e-commerce, including enhancement of online platforms and use of mobile applications to support user experience, will contribute to occupational growth. Canadian technology firm Traction on Demand will open a Winnipeg regional office in 2022, with 100 net new hires that are representative of the local population. The firm will join a burgeoning Manitoba tech hub, with established companies such as Skip the Dishes, Ubisoft, and Bold Commerce.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Winnipeg region:

  • Approximately 2,880 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 33%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 19%
    • Computer, electronic and electrical product manufacturing (NAICS 334-335): 11%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 8%

SaskatchewanFair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Saskatchewan for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

Consistent demand for this occupation is expected across a wide range of industries.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Saskatchewan region:

  • Approximately 2,700 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 31%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 19%
    • Insurance Carriers and related activities (NAICS 524, 526): 7%
    • Universities (NAICS 6113): 7%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 75% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 25% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 6% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Northern Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Prince Albert Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Regina–Moose Mountain Region Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Regina - Moose Mountain region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Regina - Moose Mountain region:

  • Approximately 1,330 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 25%
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 25%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 20%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 12%
Saskatoon–Biggar Region Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Saskatoon - Biggar region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Saskatoon - Biggar region:

  • Approximately 1,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 52%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 15%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 12%
Swift Current–Moose Jaw Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Yorkton–Melville Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

AlbertaFair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in Alberta for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

There is potential growth in these occupations as companies and governments move more towards post-pandemic changes such as automation and working from home. These changes require upgrades to infrastructure as well as ongoing maintenance.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Alberta region:

  • Approximately 15,100 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 49%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 10%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 95% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 5% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 73% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 27% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 14% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Athabasca–Grande Prairie–Peace River Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River region:

  • Approximately 290 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 57%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 17%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 8%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 7%
    • Agriculture: 6%
Banff–Jasper–Rocky Mountain House Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Banff - Jasper - Rocky Mountain House region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Banff - Jasper - Rocky Mountain House region:

  • Approximately 290 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 57%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 17%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 8%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 7%
    • Agriculture: 6%
Calgary Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Calgary region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

According to the Alberta Enterprise Corporation, there are over 2,800 tech companies in Alberta, a 203% increase since 2012. More than half of these businesses are based in Calgary. The proportion of companies with more than ten employees has grown rapidly, rising to 49% in 2021 from 38% in 2018. The Conference Board of Canada expects employment in Calgary's professional, scientific, and technical services sector, the sector where most people in this occupation work, will continue to grow through 2025.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Calgary region:

  • Approximately 8,860 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 58%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 11%
Camrose–Drumheller Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Camrose - Drumheller region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Camrose - Drumheller region:

  • Approximately 110 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 50%
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 31%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 15%
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 5%
Edmonton Region Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Edmonton region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Edmonton region:

  • Approximately 5,290 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 54%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 9%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 8%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 6%
Lethbridge–Medicine Hat Region Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Lethbridge - Medicine Hat region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Lethbridge - Medicine Hat region:

  • Approximately 390 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 55%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 9%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 8%
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 7%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 5%
Red Deer Region Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Red Deer region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Red Deer region:

  • Approximately 110 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 40%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 15%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 13%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 11%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 8%
Wood Buffalo–Cold Lake Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

British ColumbiaGood

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in British Columbia 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.

Labour shortages are projected for this occupation, driving strong demand in the near term. While the bulk of new entrants will be school leavers and immigrants, these groups are not expected to satisfy demand for hundreds of additional workers per year.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 25,250 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 50%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 19%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 69% of computer programmers and interactive media developers work all year, while 31% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 14% of computer programmers and interactive media developers are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Cariboo Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Cariboo region 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Cariboo region:

  • Approximately 140 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 52%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 20%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 19%
    • Local, municipal, regional, aboriginal and other public administration (NAICS 913-919): 9%
Kootenay Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Kootenay 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Kootenay region:

  • Approximately 250 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 63%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 12%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 12%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 8%
Lower Mainland–Southwest Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region 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.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region:

  • Approximately 20,590 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 55%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 18%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 7%
Nechako Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

North Coast Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Northeast Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Thompson–Okanagan Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Thompson - Okanagan region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Thompson - Okanagan region:

  • Approximately 1,100 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 51%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 16%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 7%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 5%
Vancouver Island and Coast Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) in the Vancouver Island and Coast region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Computer programmers and interactive media developers in the Vancouver Island and Coast region:

  • Approximately 3,120 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 65%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 8%
    • Information, cultural, arts, entertainment and recreation services (NAICS 51, 71): 6%

Yukon TerritoryUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Northwest TerritoriesUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

NunavutUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

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