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Finding A Job In The Video Game Business
What die hard gamer would not want a job in the video game business? Let's face it; what could be better than playing video games and getting paid to do it. For most gamers, this is a dream job.
So what kinds of jobs are out there for gamers? The list is fairly large and big game firms and always looking for a few good men (or woman) to join their team.
Below is a list of gaming positions that are normally available within any large or small game firm. I have also listed the typical requirements. Just remember that each company is different so this information may alter slightly from organization to organization:
There are some basic requirements for this position. Most firms require that you have a High School diploma or equivalent. You should be at least 18 to apply. The general technical requirements are that you have basic computer skills including knowledge in excel. You should also be extremely passionate about gaming in general. Good testers are good gamers. Exceptional communication skills are a must. You will need to be able to properly communicate any findings on a new game to your superiors. You can also move up into management once you get your foot in the door. Pay for this position ranges from $30K to $49K per year.
Video Game Programmer:
I have found that all programmer positions require experience with C/C++. A lot of firms also require a bachelor degree within the engineering or computer science field. These types of positions are extremely technical and should not be applied for by entry-level candidates unless of course you have the proper educational background. You would be dealing with configuring and implementing logic (among other technical duties). Average pay runs from about $53K to $93K per year.
Video Game Developer:
A game developer concentrates more in all aspects of creating a new game. Some companies do require a degree for this position, but I found that you can locate other companies that do not require a degree. To apply for this sort of position, you should have experience with various game technologies. Pay scale for this position ranges from $45k to $70k per year.
Video Game Animator:
This position primarily involves sketching, illustrating, and creating special effects. It is an extremely creative position and one that requires experience with general computer programming. Most of these available positions do require previous experience in the game industry as well. I have found that you can apply for these positions with just an associate’s degree vs. requiring a bachelor's degree. Pay ranges from $42k to $66k per year.
So you see there is so much that you as a gamer can accomplish within the game business. You just need to get out there and start looking.
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