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 (smartphones, 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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Game Developers
Duties Create stories, characters, dialogue, graphics, and sound effects for computer and video games
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
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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