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Multimedia Developer

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At a Glance... header image

Designs, programmes and implements advanced routines within a multimedia project.


The Work header image

Multimedia developers work to meet a client's needs in the most effective way and ensure that the end product is both attractive and user friendly. Much of the work focuses on: designing and writing computer codes, testing codes and fixing bugs.  
 
Developers can specialise in multimedia where skills additional to their knowledge of programming languages and authoring packages are required. Some of the relevant skills are:

  • the ability to mentally construct and communicate multimedia ideas
  • the ability to create an accessible computer / user interface
  • knowledge of Internet programming languages and applications
  • the ability to incorporate elements of different media into a whole presentation

Multimedia developers create products that use more than one way to communicate information. For example, they may use sound, text, graphics, animation and video pictures. They bring these different types of communication together using a computer.  
 
Multimedia developers work on games, educational software, websites, film, television and video. Their products may go on CD-ROMs, DVDs or the Internet.  
 
Producing a multimedia product is a team effort. Writers, artists, graphic designers, animators and sound engineers make the content of the files. The multimedia developer plays a vital role in translating this information into a language that the computer can understand. Everyone works very closely together under the direction of a producer.  
 
Programmers and designers in multimedia must have a clear understanding and appreciation of each other's role in the project team. The ideal programmer for multimedia is one with creative skills as well as programming skills.  
 
Another aspect of multimedia programming is sequencing, i.e. putting the different media sequences together logically; making animation happen at the right time; using sound effects appropriately and generally implementing the instructions of the creative designer.  
 
Multimedia developers may also design and write web pages, program the links to company databases, or create graphic effects for film studios. Some multimedia specialists produce images for company presentations.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced.

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Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications to be sure they will produce the desired information and that the instructions are correct.

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Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages to handle specific jobs such as tracking inventory, storing or retrieving data, or controlling other equipment.

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Write, analyze, review, and rewrite programs, using workflow chart and diagram, and applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.

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Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.

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Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.

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Perform systems analysis and programming tasks to maintain and control the use of computer systems software as a systems programmer.

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Compile and write documentation of program development and subsequent revisions, inserting comments in the coded instructions so others can understand the program.

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Prepare detailed workflow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logical operation, and convert them into a series of instructions coded in a computer language.

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Consult with and assist computer operators or system analysts to define and resolve problems in running computer programs.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Programming:   Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a multimedia developer, you will need a strong interest in information technology, although it's just as important to be creative and enthusiastic. You will need an open mind to grasp the future possibilities of multimedia. Attention to detail will also feature as a major part of the multimedia programmers work.  
 
It is very important that you are a good team worker because multimedia programmers usually work in small project teams with other experts, including artists, graphic designers and sound engineers.  
 
You'll need strong communication and interpersonal, skills to swap ideas, and to explain your work clearly and concisely to people who may not have much computer knowledge. You should enjoy solving problems, exercising logical thinking and working on a project from start to finish.  
 
Good organisational skills will help you to plan your work and to meet deadlines. You must be able to work well under pressure and may often have to work to meet tight deadlines.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as the technology and industry is constantly changing and improving and you will need to keep up-to-date with latest developments.


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  Tel: 01 6200811
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