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VIDEO GAME PRODUCER. IN-DEPTH: Find What You Like to Do Outside Of Work And Try To Make That A Career

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Michael continues sharing his story of working in the high tech field of gaming. He shares what he likes most about his job and the challenges he faces being a video game producer. Michael also talks about the key decision he made concerning his career and what it takes to get a job in this very competitive industry. He says: "You need to have some sort of bachelors degree, if you don't have that you gotta have a lot of experience or know the right people in the industry." Michael finishes in interview talking about the work-life balance in his job.

Degree: Management Information Systems and Services
Job Title: Producer of Video Games

Job Summary: Game Developer

Job Description

Game developer is an umbrella title for different roles in a development team that works together to create games. A game developer can be a game programmer, game architect, game designer, game artist, etc. They use computers to structure, design, test and publish games for different platforms.

On-the-Job Training

None

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='10390'>I</span> <span m='10550'>still</span> <span m='10800'>play</span> <span m='10940'>sports</span> <span m='11280'>nowadays,</span> <span m='11700'>basketball.</span> <span m='13000'>It's</span> <span m='13210'>something</span> <span m='13520'>that</span> <span m='13790'>I</span> <span m='13950'>like</span> <span m='14190'>to</span> <span m='14280'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='14890'>Anytime</span> <span m='15350'>you can</span> <span m='17330'>have</span> <span m='17510'>a</span> <span m='17560'>job</span> <span m='17880'>where</span> <span m='18500'>a</span> <span m='18780'>passion</span> <span m='19160'>of</span> <span m='19240'>yours</span> <span m='19460'>outside</span> <span m='19760'>of</span> <span m='19830'>work</span> <span m='20660'>is</span> <span m='20810'>something</span> <span m='21070'>you</span> <span m='21160'>could</span> <span m='21300'>do</span> <span m='21430'>during</span> <span m='21650'>your</span> <span m='22050'>work</span> <span m='22260'>time,</span> <span m='23180'>that's</span> <span m='23460'>great.</span> <span m='24960'>That's</span> <span m='25190'>what</span> <span m='25390'>I</span> <span m='25520'>highly</span> <span m='25660'>suggest to</span> <span m='26110'>anyone</span> <span m='26410'>out</span> <span m='26580'>there</span> <span m='26770'>is</span> <span m='27670'>find</span> <span m='27910'>what</span> <span m='28050'>you</span> <span m='28170'>like</span> <span m='28370'>to</span> <span m='28460'>do</span> <span m='28620'>outside</span> <span m='28920'>of</span> <span m='29000'>work,</span> <span m='29390'>and</span> <span m='29530'>then</span> <span m='29640'>try</span> <span m='29800'>to</span> <span m='29880'>make</span> <span m='30050'>that</span> <span m='30170'>a</span> <span m='30280'>career for you.</span> <span m='31220'>Luckily</span> <span m='31540'>I</span> <span m='31580'>got</span> <span m='31760'>into</span> <span m='32040'>it,</span> <span m='32659'>kind</span> <span m='32810'>of</span> <span m='32870'>the</span> <span m='32970'>chips</span> <span m='33690'>fall</span> <span m='34000'>where</span> <span m='34220'>they</span> <span m='34330'>may,</span> <span m='34870'>very</span> <span m='35210'>lucky</span> <span m='35630'>to</span> <span m='35720'>be</span> <span m='35820'>where I'm</span> <span m='36040'>at.</span> <span m='36660'>But</span> <span m='38490'>it's</span> <span m='39100'>just</span> <span m='39400'>making</span> <span m='39640'>sure</span> <span m='39800'>that</span> <span m='40190'>whatever</span> <span m='40460'>you</span> <span m='40570'>do,</span> <span m='40950'>whatever you love,</span> <span m='43620'>get</span> <span m='43770'>that</span> <span m='43940'>into your</span> <span m='44130'>work</span> <span m='44415'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='44900'>I</span> <span m='45000'>think</span> <span m='45170'>the</span> <span m='45240'>most</span> <span m='45420'>challenging</span> <span m='45810'>aspect</span> <span m='46230'>of</span> <span m='46350'>it</span> <span m='46460'>is</span> <span m='48310'>trying</span> <span m='48650'>to</span> <span m='50290'>manage</span> <span m='50650'>a</span> <span m='50700'>lot</span> <span m='50860'>of</span> <span m='50920'>moving</span> <span m='51190'>parts.</span> <span m='51980'>You</span> <span m='52250'>communicate with</span> <span m='52640'>a</span> <span m='52670'>lot</span> <span m='52940'>of</span> <span m='53000'>people</span> <span m='53590'>in</span> <span m='53660'>different</span> <span m='53920'>time</span> <span m='54180'>zones.</span> <span m='54750'>A lot of</span> <span m='55192'>people</span> <span m='55634'>that have</span> <span m='56960'>different</span> <span m='57150'>work</span> <span m='57420'>ethics</span> <span m='58840'>so</span> <span m='59000'>you've</span> <span m='59110'>got</span> <span m='59220'>to</span> <span m='59270'>find</span> <span m='59540'>out</span> <span m='59610'>what</span> <span m='59730'>motivates</span> <span m='60145'>all</span> <span m='60560'>the</span> <span m='60800'>people</span> <span m='61080'>you</span> <span m='61180'>work</span> <span m='61400'>with.</span> <span m='62290'>Some people</span> <span m='62590'>you've</span> <span m='62730'>got</span> <span m='62850'>to</span> <span m='62890'>push</span> <span m='63510'>a</span> <span m='63570'>little</span> <span m='63690'>bit</span> <span m='63800'>more</span> <span m='63970'>than</span> <span m='64099'>others,</span> <span m='66046'>some</span> <span m='66510'>people you've</span> <span m='66820'>got</span> <span m='66950'>to</span> <span m='67020'>socialize</span> <span m='67550'>with</span> <span m='67680'>a</span> <span m='67720'>little</span> <span m='67860'>bit</span> <span m='67980'>more</span> <span m='68130'>than</span> <span m='68250'>others.</span> </p><p><span m='69600'>So</span> <span m='70250'>that's</span> <span m='70690'>kind</span> <span m='70860'>of it.</span> <span m='70950'>It's</span> <span m='71170'>just</span> <span m='71360'>understanding</span> <span m='72540'>everything</span> <span m='72810'>that's</span> <span m='72950'>related</span> <span m='73250'>to</span> <span m='73370'>your</span> <span m='73450'>job,</span> <span m='74770'>and</span> <span m='75520'>finding</span> <span m='75760'>a</span> <span m='75820'>way</span> <span m='76020'>to</span> <span m='76170'>be</span> <span m='76290'>successful</span> <span m='76720'>at it.</span> <span m='78073'>That's</span> <span m='78524'>probably the most</span> <span m='78975'>interesting</span> <span m='79426'>and</span> <span m='79877'>difficult thing.</span> </p><p><span m='80328'>I think</span> <span m='80780'>a</span> <span m='80870'>key</span> <span m='81060'>decision</span> <span m='81500'>I</span> <span m='81600'>made</span> <span m='82280'>was</span> <span m='85300'>sticking through</span> <span m='85610'>it</span> <span m='86060'>because</span> <span m='87280'>when</span> <span m='87460'>you</span> <span m='87550'>first</span> <span m='87920'>get</span> <span m='88060'>in</span> <span m='88180'>the</span> <span m='88340'>industry,</span> <span m='89800'>even though it</span> <span m='90130'>might</span> <span m='90270'>be</span> <span m='90340'>something that you</span> <span m='90730'>like</span> <span m='90940'>to</span> <span m='91010'>do,</span> <span m='94420'>there's</span> <span m='94880'>going</span> <span m='94960'>to</span> <span m='95000'>be</span> <span m='95170'>hurdles</span> <span m='95430'>that</span> <span m='95940'>you</span> <span m='96110'>have</span> <span m='96200'>to</span> <span m='96280'>jump</span> <span m='96510'>over,</span> <span m='97180'>there's going to</span> <span m='97650'>be brick</span> <span m='97750'>walls</span> <span m='98050'>that</span> <span m='98530'>pop up</span> <span m='100670'>at</span> <span m='101370'>various</span> <span m='101960'>points.</span> <span m='102820'>So</span> <span m='102990'>it's</span> <span m='103180'>staying</span> <span m='103940'>focused,</span> <span m='104280'>it's</span> <span m='104690'>fighting</span> <span m='104940'>through</span> <span m='105090'>those</span> <span m='105260'>brick</span> <span m='105480'>walls,</span> <span m='106860'>always</span> <span m='107100'>reminding</span> <span m='107350'>yourself</span> <span m='107680'>that</span> <span m='107810'>you</span> <span m='107900'>want</span> <span m='108080'>to</span> <span m='108120'>do</span> <span m='108250'>this,</span> <span m='108620'>that you can</span> <span m='108870'>do</span> <span m='109110'>this,</span> <span m='110170'>and</span> <span m='110320'>that</span> <span m='110520'>it's</span> <span m='110900'>all</span> <span m='111020'>going</span> <span m='111120'>to</span> <span m='111160'>pay</span> <span m='111300'>off</span> <span m='111420'>in the long</span> <span m='111810'>run.</span> <span m='112770'>That's pretty much</span> <span m='113250'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='113730'>Luckily,</span> <span m='115130'>our</span> <span m='115320'>particular</span> <span m='115760'>market</span> <span m='116450'>isn't</span> <span m='116740'>as</span> <span m='117000'>hard</span> <span m='117270'>hit</span> <span m='118690'>with</span> <span m='118790'>the</span> <span m='118870'>economic</span> <span m='120120'>downturn</span> <span m='120490'>as</span> <span m='120860'>some</span> <span m='120990'>of</span> <span m='121030'>the</span> <span m='121140'>other</span> <span m='121700'>industries.</span> <span m='122480'>But</span> <span m='124060'>it's</span> <span m='124250'>very</span> <span m='124420'>competitive.</span> <span m='126610'>You</span> <span m='126700'>need</span> <span m='126860'>to</span> <span m='126930'>have</span> <span m='127180'>at</span> <span m='127280'>least</span> <span m='128460'>some</span> <span m='128669'>sort</span> <span m='128889'>of</span> <span m='128970'>bachelor's</span> <span m='129680'>degree.</span> <span m='130170'>If</span> <span m='130660'>you</span> <span m='130840'>don't</span> <span m='131009'>have</span> <span m='131260'>that,</span> <span m='131700'>you've got to have</span> <span m='131840'>a</span> <span m='131870'>lot</span> <span m='132010'>of</span> <span m='132050'>experience</span> <span m='132570'>or</span> <span m='132700'>you've</span> <span m='132760'>got</span> <span m='132870'>to</span> <span m='132950'>know</span> <span m='133150'>the</span> <span m='133230'>right</span> <span m='133410'>people</span> <span m='133620'>in</span> <span m='133660'>the</span> <span m='133740'>industry.</span> <span m='134780'>Which</span> <span m='134870'>pretty</span> <span m='135010'>much</span> <span m='135210'>goes</span> <span m='135400'>for</span> <span m='135500'>any</span> <span m='135740'>industry,</span> <span m='136120'>but</span> <span m='137280'>in</span> <span m='137430'>particular</span> <span m='137820'>with</span> <span m='137970'>this</span> <span m='138130'>one,</span> <span m='139250'>the</span> <span m='139770'>barrier</span> <span m='140100'>to</span> <span m='140160'>entry</span> <span m='140520'>is</span> <span m='141280'>pretty tough.</span> </p><p><span m='142486'>But</span> <span m='142890'>once</span> <span m='143220'>you're</span> <span m='143340'>actually</span> <span m='143600'>in</span> <span m='143690'>it,</span> <span m='144675'>I don't</span> <span m='144980'>want to</span> <span m='145230'>say it's</span> <span m='145340'>smooth</span> <span m='145760'>sailing.</span> <span m='146320'>But</span> <span m='146890'>once</span> <span m='147050'>you've</span> <span m='147160'>got</span> <span m='148060'>your</span> <span m='148230'>legs</span> <span m='148500'>under</span> <span m='148640'>you,</span> <span m='149030'>you've</span> <span m='149300'>made</span> <span m='149630'>a</span> <span m='149660'>lot</span> <span m='149800'>of</span> <span m='149870'>connections,</span> <span m='150145'>you've</span> <span m='150420'>networked</span> <span m='150770'>properly,</span> <span m='151390'>you</span> <span m='151490'>haven't</span> <span m='151710'>burned any</span> <span m='152080'>bridges</span> <span m='153040'>as you've</span> <span m='153485'>come up,</span> <span m='156170'>the</span> <span m='156310'>ride</span> <span m='156590'>gets</span> <span m='156750'>a</span> <span m='156800'>little</span> <span m='156950'>smoother.</span> </p><p><span m='158100'>Work-life</span> <span m='158500'>balance</span> <span m='158810'>is</span> <span m='158990'>key.</span> <span m='159770'>You've</span> <span m='160140'>got</span> <span m='160300'>to</span> <span m='160360'>make</span> <span m='160540'>sure</span> <span m='160780'>that</span> <span m='161290'>you get</span> <span m='161758'>some time</span> <span m='162226'>to yourself and</span> <span m='162694'>your family</span> <span m='164570'>and</span> <span m='164830'>to the</span> <span m='165040'>hobbies</span> <span m='165450'>you</span> <span m='165540'>like</span> <span m='165780'>to</span> <span m='165850'>do</span> <span m='165940'>outside</span> <span m='166190'>of</span> <span m='166260'>work.</span> <span m='167080'>Now</span> <span m='167280'>if</span> <span m='167620'>the</span> <span m='167960'>hobbies</span> <span m='168290'>you</span> <span m='168420'>like</span> <span m='168610'>to</span> <span m='168680'>do</span> <span m='168770'>outside</span> <span m='169020'>of</span> <span m='169080'>work</span> <span m='169460'>are</span> <span m='169570'>work</span> <span m='169860'>related,</span> <span m='170170'>like</span> <span m='170480'>for</span> <span m='170620'>me,</span> <span m='170840'>sports</span> <span m='171170'>for</span> <span m='171240'>example,</span> <span m='171715'>then</span> <span m='172190'>for</span> <span m='172360'>me</span> <span m='172755'>it's easy.</span> <span m='173618'>For others</span> <span m='174086'>it's not</span> <span m='174554'>as easy.</span> </p><p><span m='175490'>But</span> <span m='175980'>you've</span> <span m='176160'>got</span> <span m='176310'>to</span> <span m='176380'>kind</span> <span m='176530'>of</span> <span m='176600'>lean</span> <span m='176890'>on</span> <span m='177930'>the</span> <span m='178020'>things</span> <span m='178290'>that</span> <span m='178490'>you</span> <span m='178580'>like</span> <span m='178780'>outside</span> <span m='179070'>work.</span> <span m='179330'>Otherwise</span> <span m='179710'>you're</span> <span m='179790'>going</span> <span m='179880'>to</span> <span m='179920'>get</span> <span m='181120'>unbalanced.</span> <span m='181780'>You're</span> <span m='181890'>going</span> <span m='182000'>to</span> <span m='182040'>get</span> <span m='182770'>stressed</span> <span m='183210'>out</span> <span m='183420'>over</span> <span m='183490'>work</span> <span m='183750'>because</span> <span m='183930'>you're</span> <span m='184020'>thinking</span> <span m='184260'>about</span> <span m='184440'>it</span> <span m='184460'>24/7.</span> </p><p><span m='185620'>It's good</span> <span m='185760'>to</span> <span m='185870'>think</span> <span m='186120'>about</span> <span m='186310'>work</span> <span m='186490'>outside</span> <span m='186770'>of</span> <span m='186840'>work.</span> <span m='187580'>It's good</span> <span m='187710'>to</span> <span m='188040'>answer</span> <span m='188270'>emails and</span> <span m='188740'>be</span> <span m='188910'>prompted,</span> <span m='189385'>and</span> <span m='189860'>make</span> <span m='190410'>sure</span> <span m='190570'>that</span> <span m='191233'>your</span> <span m='191596'>partners</span> <span m='191960'>and</span> <span m='192650'>your</span> <span m='192780'>boss</span> <span m='193210'>and</span> <span m='193360'>everyone</span> <span m='194200'>we</span> <span m='194360'>work</span> <span m='194610'>with</span> <span m='195060'>realizes</span> <span m='195540'>that</span> <span m='195760'>you're</span> <span m='196060'>a</span> <span m='196360'>critical member</span> <span m='196660'>of the company.</span> <span m='197560'>But</span> <span m='197860'>at the same</span> <span m='198160'>time</span> <span m='198460'>you've</span> <span m='198760'>got to have</span> <span m='199060'>some time to</span> <span m='199360'>yourself.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305260,"video_id":"2785865635001","name":"1383-Michael-p-VideoGameProducer2 In-Depth","duration":200110,"thumbnail_url":null}});