Jobs that Involve Video Games

There are a lot of career opportunities for people interested in working with video games. Some require a degree, while others involve no postsecondary training. These career options will be explored further here.

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Career Options for Jobs Involving Video Games

Video games can be used as an educational tool, although most people associate video games with popular gaming systems that are designed for entertainment purposes. There are a lot of professionals involved in the production and sale of video games, and those who are interested in working with video games will find that they can choose from careers in business, sales, computer science, design and communications.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Software Developers $102,280 17%
Multimedia Artist and Animators $65,300 6%
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians $42,550 7%
Market Research Analysts $62,560 19%
Retail Sales Workers $22,900 7%
Writers and Authors $61,240 2%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs Involving Video Games

Software Developers

Software developers create computer software and may focus their work on the design of applications like video games. Video game software developers may write code but they generally collaborate with computer programmers to create video games. Developers design, analyze and test the application before making any final improvements. Software developers often study computer science or a comparable subject and must have a bachelor's degree.

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia artists and animators incorporate artistic and computer skills to produce images. The content they produce can be used for a number of purposes, including commercials or video games. When a game is played, the visual images on screen are the work of multimedia artists and animators. In addition to artistic talent, multimedia artists and animators must have a bachelor's degree and strong computer skills.

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians can prepare for their career through postsecondary training or by earning an associate's degree. They use specialized equipment to amplify sound at concerts, live events, or for filmed material. They also record content that can be used for special effects and align sounds with visual content. Broadcast and sound engineering technicians may find work in the video game industry producing special effects sounds for game.

Market Research Analysts

A market research analyst is a professional with a bachelor's or master's degree in marketing or a related field, who uses their skills to determine if creating and selling new merchandise is viable. Video game companies will have market research analysts determine the appropriate age range for proposed games, the potential market share for expected sales, and how much the product should realistically cost. These professionals may help determine when new gaming systems and video games are released.

Retail Sales Workers

Video games are sold in a number of venues ranging from chain retailers to specialized video game stores. While no formal education is required to work in retail sales, in video game stores it's more likely that managers will expect sales staff to play video games and be familiar with different gaming platforms so that they can answer questions from customers. Sales staff working with video games should also be aware of things like major game or system release dates, upcoming promotions and video game content regulations.

Writers and Authors

Writers can be involved with the video game industry by working for video game companies to help develop the stories and characters in games. They can also be involved by writing for magazines, online gaming sites or other venues and reviewing new video games, gaming systems and accessories. Video game writers and authors will normally have a bachelor's degree, and they will also have extensive video game knowledge

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