Video Game Testers

Video game testers examine new or modified video game applications to evaluate whether or not they perform at the desired level. Testers also verify that different tasks and levels within a game function properly and progress in a consistent manner. Their work entails trying to find glitches in games and sometimes crashing the game completely. Testers keep very close track of the combinations they enter so that they can replicate the situation in order to remedy it. Testers also offer opinions on the user-friendliness of video and computer games. Any problems they find or suggestions they have are reported in detail both verbally and in writing to supervisors. Video game testers act as quality assurance testers who specialize in testing video games. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Quality Assurance Testers
Duties Examine new or modified video games to evaluate whether or not they perform at the desired level
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but many software publishers are located in California, Texas, Washington, New York, and Massachusetts
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; volunteer or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Game Testing Coordinator, or Game Designer or Programmer
  • Experienced Video Game Tester
  • Entry-Level Video Game Tester

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