CAREER PATH AS A GAME DESIGNER WITH A MATHS DEGREE IN THE US

Maths is a frequently chosen subject at degree level and is popular with students in younger years as well. It’s stereotypically known for being a subject traditionally challenging, but with hard work, it’s a realistic subject if you want it to be. Many people don’t really know what careers there are associated with this degree, and while it is certainly not impossible to branch out into sectors unrelated to your degree, maths has several lucrative career paths if you choose to do it at university.

Some of these jobs could be in research, software engineering or statistics. Mostly, however, mathematicians are popular candidates for employers as they gain highly sought-after skills that make them well suited to almost any problem-solving job. This makes it well worth considering and learning more about maths at the degree level. This article will be focused on the role of game designers, their earning potential, and the recommended employers to help you get there after your degree.

GAME DESIGN – IS IT FOR ME? 

A game designer is someone who uses problem-solving and critical thinking skills developed from a maths degree to create new games. This may include coming up with ideas and working with programmers, game artists, animators, and developers. As a game designer, you’ll develop games over a range of formats, such as virtual, console, mobile or PC games, using your technical and imaginative skills to be successful.  

Usual responsibilities you might find yourself with as a game designer are writing scripts, researching the market and target audience, planning features of a game, collaborating with others, and creating prototypes.  

This career path leaves a lot of space for creativity, so if you are somebody who desires to use a maths degree in a creative career, then this may be the one for you!  

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Junior
 To start out your career as a game designer, you’ll most likely join the industry as an intern. You won’t be required to have a degree, but many people do – especially one that is relevant to the role.  
$41,000 
Qualified  
If a degree isn’t for you, then you can still become a game designer by doing an apprenticeship. Whatever career path you decide to follow, once you are qualified you will be able to work in companies and be part of an incredible job sector.  
$67,000 
Experienced  
A game designer with senior roles often has a great level of experience, where they are given more duties to participate in. They may also have a postgraduate degree, especially if their first degree doesn’t specialise in games. 
$103,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS

  1. Hasbro 
  2. Funko 
  3. TRIPP 
  4. Blizzard Entertainment 
  5. Metatheory Inc 
  6. Activision 
  7. Electronic Arts 
  8. Nintendo of America Inc. 
  9. ZiMAD 
  10. Demiurge Studios 

In conclusion, as a maths graduate your options are never going to be limited – whatever path you decide to pursue, and you now know that there are multiple ways of finding a job. Whether you want to teach maths in another country or work in a global organisation abroad, international graduates and regular ones have many opportunities ahead of them. Most employers in this sector accept employees from all areas, so don’t allow your degree to restrict your view for the future. With a little perseverance, you’ll no doubt reach your goal and dream career as a new graduate.


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