Computer and Video Game Designers

Computer and video game designers, also known as game developers, create the ideas and interactivity for games. These games are played on various platforms, or media, such as video consoles and computers, digital devices (smart phones, tablets, iPads, etc.), and online. Designers generate ideas for new game concepts, including sound effects, characters, story lines, and graphics.

Designers either work for companies that make the games or create the games on their own and sell their ideas and programs to companies that produce them.

Quick Facts
Duties Create stories, characters, dialogue, graphics, and sound effects for computer and video games
Alternate Title(s) Game Developers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country; many designers work from home
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Any experience designing basic video games will be useful; an internship as a game design assistant will also be helpful
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Software Company Manager/Executive or Game Design Professor
  • Lead Game Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Game Artist, or Play Tester, or Programmer or Writer

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