Video Game Programmers

(NOC 2174)

Career Description

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

Computer Programmer
Multimedia Programmer
Software Developer
Software Development Programmer
Software 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.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Science - Advanced Entry Bachelor; Honours
Computer Science Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Toronto Metropolitan University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Science Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computing and Financial Management Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Information Technology Management Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Science Bachelor; Honours
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Bachelor; Co-op
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Red Deer Polytechnic
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Programming Diploma
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Modified on April 07, 2022