Game Designer

Individuals who are enthusiastic about video and computer games and who also have a technical background and creative talent often choose a career as a game designer. Game designers develop the themes characters and rules for video and computer games and they work with artists and sound designers to implement the details of their ideas. Although there is no set formal educational requirement or certification for this profession the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that game designers are usually expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree in a subject such as computer science English or graphic design. In recent years some schools have started to offer bachelor’s degrees specifically in game programming. Many aspiring game designers serve as interns in the game industry and most of them have prior experience with software programming and game testing. Job applicants for game designer positions are expected to have portfolios that demonstrate their potential to contribute to the industry. According to the website game designers are employed by the video game and computer software industries but there are also job opportunities with the military where they design virtual environments that can be used for training purposes. The website says that salaries for game designers vary widely with entry-level game designers earning $40000 to $50000 a year but experienced game designers earning annual salaries well over $150000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $95000
High Salary: $150000
Low Salary: $40000
Tasks: Communicates game ideas to others.
Develops plots, themes and rules for new games.
Ensures that game features are consistent.
Creates games that are fun to play.
Also Called: Video Game Designer
Computer Game Designer
Game Programmer
Game Developer
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