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:

Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Science & Physics (B.Sc.) Bachelor; Honours
Computer Science & Physics (B.Sc.) Bachelor
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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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Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Game Programming Bachelor
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Programming Diploma; Co-op
Bachelor of Technology (Business Systems Development) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Bow Valley College
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Software Development Diploma Diploma; University Transfer
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Modified on May 20, 2012