Software Engineer

(NOC 2173)

Career Description

Software engineers and designers research, design, evaluate, integrate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. They are employed in information technology consulting firms, information technology research and development firms, and information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

This group also includes the following titles: application architect, computer software engineer, embedded software engineer, software architect, software design engineer, software design verification engineer, software designer, software engineer, software testing engineer, systems integration engineer – software, technical architect – software, telecommunications software engineer.

Duties May Include

Software engineers and designers perform some or all of the following duties:

* Collect and document user's requirements and develop logical and physical specifications
* Research, evaluate and synthesize technical information to design, develop and test computer-based systems
* Develop data, process and network models to optimize architecture and to evaluate the performance and reliability of designs
* Plan, design and co-ordinate the development, installation, integration and operation of computer-based systems
* Assess, test, troubleshoot, document, upgrade and develop maintenance procedures for operating systems, communications environments and applications software
* May lead and co-ordinate teams of information systems professionals in the development of software and integrated information systems, process control software and other embedded software control systems.

Examples of Titles

Software Developer

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

Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computing Systems (B.A.) Bachelor
Information Systems (B.A.) Bachelor
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Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

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Software Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Computer Science - Advanced Entry Bachelor; Honours
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Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

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Artificial Intelligence - Fast Track (Optional Co-op) Diploma; Advanced
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Modified on May 20, 2012