Computer programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for computer games.
Duties May Include
Write computer programs or software packages by coding instructions into machine-readable form
Test, debug, document, and implement computer programs or software packages
Maintain existing computer programs by making minor changes as required
Act as a resource person, solving computer problems for users
Examples of Titles
Software Development Programmer
Where They Work
Video game programmers generally work in cities. Sometimes they will work from their homes but most time they work in an office environment. Many new media companies use open air concepts for their offices.
Video game programmers will often work longer hours than 9-5 Monday to Friday. Approaching deadline and release dates for the video games they are producing will increase the hours which they work.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
The information on careers is adapted from Canadian Occupational Projection System, a project by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which uses annual data to analyze trends in labour.
© Canadian Occupational Projection System, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2011.
© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.