SO YOU WANT TO BECOME A GAME DEVELOPER? HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

A games developer may not be a role you’ve heard of before or know much about what they do. These workers are involved in creating and producing different kinds of games – these can be games on mobile phones, tablets, online, consoles or computers. A lot of programming is involved to ensure they work correctly on each device. As you can imagine, this is a career where a strong passion for games, independence, teamwork and technical skill sets are a must.  

Creating a game from start to finish involves a lot of different steps, even taking years to complete. As such, game developers work on all stages to ensure its all progressing as expected. Responsibilities like designing how it looks, the animation, programming, audio, editing, and coding are all essential parts of developing a game. 

Specific skills like coding and programming are also crucial in a career path like this, as you’ll be using them every day. These are also the main skills you’ll learn as part of your computer science degree. 

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL IN THE US 

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Entry Level Many entry level games developers often start out with degrees in other subjects, though its recommended to look for one in computer science, computer games or even software engineering. This would give you solid foundation you’d need for a job in this career path.  $56,000 
Experienced  Experienced games developers usually do have a degree and are graduates, however, you can also pursue this career path by applying for a similar role to gain experience before becoming a games developer.  $62,000 
Senior position/ Team leader/ Technical director  Senior games developers have postgraduates or at least a great level of experience, and as competition is fierce, it might be useful to have this as an advantage.  $86,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS

  1. People Can Fly 
  2. Cosmic Games ULC 
  3. Blizzard Entertainment 
  4. ModSquad 
  5. Funcom 
  6. TOCA USA 
  7. HTX Labs 
  8. Applied Insight 
  9. Everi Games Inc 
  10. WarnerMedia 


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