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As a software developer (sometimes used interchangeably with software engineer or software programmer), you develop software, programs and applications that allow a variety of tasks to be performed on computers or other devices. Alternatively, you may develop or customize the systems that run devices or control networks.

You're most likely employed by a tech company, but you may choose to work independently or in another vertical that requires custom software. As a software developer, it goes without saying that you're tech-savvy. You're an expert in everything tech and probably know a handful of popular programming languages such as Java, C, C++ and C#.

what software developer jobs entail

Most software developer jobs require you to work full-time at a computer workstation. You will report to a supervisor or manager in your company's IT department, such as a project manager or IT manager. Occasionally, you may be required to report to or collaborate with coworkers other departments, such as business development or marketing.

average software developer salaries

Like most skilled tech jobs, software developer jobs are hot at the moment. As a software developer, you should be able to make a starting salary in the mid $50,000 range or higher in most Canadian markets. As with many tech jobs, Montreal is an exception; IT salaries tend to trail behind the national average.

You will find that software developer salaries rise quickly as you gain experience. A software developer with a handful of years experience should be able to secure a salary in the $70,000 range. Highly skilled and experienced software developers can see their salaries climb into the high five figures.

salaries across canada

  • toronto software developer salary

    $73,400 to $128,000

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  • vancouver software developer salary

    $73,700 to $127,400

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  • montreal software developer salary

    $50,000 to $105,600

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  • calgary software developer salary

    $75,000 to $129,500

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your day to day tasks

You're at a computer for most of your day, creating or modifying software code for a variety of practical uses. Depending on your level of seniority and particular role, you may be required to manage software development projects and coordinate a team of more junior software developers. You could work on a number of projects, which might include:

  • writing code for applications, programs and other software
  • designing software and simulations
  • developing a software project from the ground up
  • improving or upgrading existing software
  • testing and debugging software and documenting results
  • participating in software release and post-release activities
  • helping solve user issues

where you can work

Software developer jobs are found in many different verticals, most notably the technology sector. However, with the prominence of technology in all aspects of human life, there are opportunities to be found in other verticals such as banking and finance, healthcare, government, and many others.

The highest demand for software developers is in Canada's city centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Companies in these markets offer fiercely competitive software developer salaries in order to secure the best and most qualified talent. To leverage your experience as a software developer, it may be worth considering a move to one of these cities.

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what you bring to the table

As a software developer, your primary function is to create software that serves the needs of your company, their customers, or both. To be a successful software developer, you will need a combination of technical know-how and creativity. You have the following skills and are able to:

  • code in a variety of programming languages such as Java, C, C++, C# and Python, among others
  • analyze problems and come up with logical solutions
  • learn quickly and adapt to new technology
  • interpret and follow precise technical plans
  • approach problems creatively
  • understand the basics of UX/UI
  • understand and follow development processes
  • work on a team and collaborate with other developers

training and certifications

A four-year degree in software engineering, computer science, IT or a similar field is required for most software developer jobs. Some employers may also request relevant work experience. Gaining on the job experience will prove invaluable for your career and is key to increasing your earning potential.

Most software developer jobs will require knowledge of programming languages such as Java, C, C++, and C#. If you plan to specialize in mobile development, Objective-C and Swift are also important for iOS developers. If you're developing browser-based solutions, HTML5 will also an asset. You can obtain numerous certifications that will verify your expertise with these coding languages.

where your career is headed

The demand for expert software developers is high. Skilled software developers with experience coding in Java, C, C++ and C# will find there is no shortage of opportunities available. As you gain experience in your role, you will also be able to move into senior software developer roles with supervisory and project management components.

Many software developers also opt to specialize in a particular development field in order to hone their skill in a particular area and increase their earning potential. Other career paths software developers opt to transition into include Java development, mobile development and software engineering.

latest software developer jobs available

  • Full Stack Developer Toronto

    2018-12-12 Toronto, Ontario Permanent $ 70,000 - $ 85,000 per year

    We are looking for two full stack developers for join our team! Our company thrives on those who are passionate about what they do and are willing to learn! This role pertains to the development of software and maintenance of systems. Reporting to the Manager, Operational Systems, you will develop ...

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  • C#, .Net, WPF Developer, Toronto

    2018-12-11 Toronto, Ontario Temporary

    One of our Banking Clients is currently looking for a C#, .Net Developer with experience in requirements gathering, design, collaboration with various partners within the organization, development, testing, and deployment. The team follows agile principles with focus on automated testing. Required ...

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