Video game development is technically a specific form of computer software development accomplished by computer software programmers and engineers — people who take all the raw elements from graphic designers and sound designers and use programming and computer code to put them all together in a game environment for the final end-user.
Game development work typically requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science with an emphasis on programming, mathematics or physics. While a bachelor’s degree is usually required, there are some entry-level jobs available for those who have earned an associate degree.
Game development is taken on by a developer – whether this is an individual or an entire company of developers. They may specialize in a specific game platform such as those for video game consoles, desktop computers or mobile handhelds.
The everyday work life and job duties of someone working in game development could include:
If you’re creative and analytical, a career developing interactive games for Web, DVDs, gaming consoles, computer-based training courseware and Internet-based applications may be the perfect fit.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, video game developers earn an annual median salary of $87,480, while the top 10% earn up to $132,080.
Employment within this industry is expected to increase by 32% from 2008-2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.