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LEAD QUALITY ASSURANCE: I Didn't Know You Could Have So Much Fun At A Job

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Steven plays video games for a living, that's his job working in quality assurance for a video game company. Steven enthusiastically describes what a typical day looks like and explains why he has to play video games. He also tells us how he went from looking for work as a biologist to working in the gaming industry and what he's learned since being in this line of work. He also provides advice for those wanting to get into this field.

Degree: Biology
Job Title: Lead Quality Assurance

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.

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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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Apportable. ?]</span> <span m='2400'>I</span> <span m='2520'>normally</span> <span m='4320'>read</span> <span m='4490'>a</span> <span m='4540'>lot</span> <span m='4680'>of</span> <span m='4760'>emails,</span> <span m='5820'>and</span> <span m='6260'>I</span> <span m='6960'>listen</span> <span m='7250'>to</span> <span m='7310'>the</span> <span m='7410'>customers</span> <span m='7900'>and</span> <span m='8000'>figure</span> <span m='8320'>out</span> <span m='8490'>what</span> <span m='8650'>issues</span> <span m='8960'>they're</span> <span m='9110'>having</span> <span m='9430'>with</span> <span m='9590'>the</span> <span m='9660'>games</span> <span m='10020'>that</span> <span m='10150'>we</span> <span m='10260'>compile.</span> <span m='11150'>And</span> <span m='11650'>I</span> <span m='11800'>get</span> <span m='12300'>into</span> <span m='12530'>our</span> <span m='12660'>device</span> <span m='12970'>cabinet,</span> <span m='13400'>which</span> <span m='13830'>is</span> <span m='13840'>about</span> <span m='14470'>200</span> <span m='14960'>android</span> <span m='15360'>devices,</span> <span m='16000'>and</span> <span m='16140'>I</span> <span m='16190'>try</span> <span m='16379'>to</span> <span m='16480'>reproduce</span> <span m='16660'>the</span> <span m='16960'>issues</span> <span m='17580'>and</span> <span m='18390'>relay</span> <span m='18830'>to the</span> <span m='19010'>engineers</span> <span m='19540'>the</span> <span m='19750'>issue</span> <span m='20170'>that</span> <span m='20480'>arise</span> <span m='20870'>that</span> <span m='21280'>I can</span> <span m='21690'>duplicate.</span> </p><p><span m='22920'>Actually,</span> <span m='23530'>I</span> <span m='24480'>went</span> <span m='24700'>to</span> <span m='24800'>school</span> <span m='25220'>in</span> <span m='25640'>Southern</span> <span m='25910'>California,</span> <span m='26570'>but</span> <span m='26700'>I</span> <span m='26780'>knew</span> <span m='26940'>I</span> <span m='26990'>wanted</span> <span m='27310'>a</span> <span m='27390'>change.</span> <span m='27750'>So</span> <span m='28030'>I</span> <span m='28200'>went</span> <span m='28430'>to</span> <span m='28510'>UC</span> <span m='28820'>Berkeley</span> <span m='29360'>for</span> <span m='29560'>my</span> <span m='29710'>undergraduate</span> <span m='30300'>degree,</span> <span m='30630'>where</span> <span m='30960'>I</span> <span m='31080'>studied</span> <span m='31460'>biology.</span> <span m='32390'>But</span> <span m='32520'>I</span> <span m='32540'>always</span> <span m='32800'>had</span> <span m='32950'>a</span> <span m='32990'>passion</span> <span m='33370'>for</span> <span m='33510'>computers,</span> <span m='34110'>and</span> <span m='34630'>that</span> <span m='34830'>led</span> <span m='35000'>me</span> <span m='35150'>to</span> <span m='35300'>the</span> <span m='35400'>amazing</span> <span m='35460'>tech</span> <span m='35740'>startup</span> <span m='36110'>world</span> <span m='36455'>of</span> <span m='36800'>San Francisco.</span> </p><p><span m='37790'>I</span> <span m='38010'>didn't</span> <span m='38160'>know</span> <span m='38290'>you</span> <span m='38510'>could have so</span> <span m='38640'>much</span> <span m='38860'>fun</span> <span m='39060'>at a</span> <span m='39200'>job.</span> <span m='40010'>I</span> <span m='40170'>didn't</span> <span m='40550'>think</span> <span m='40800'>that</span> <span m='41420'>I</span> <span m='41620'>could</span> <span m='42010'>play</span> <span m='42260'>games</span> <span m='42780'>and</span> <span m='43410'>build</span> <span m='43940'>a</span> <span m='43990'>better</span> <span m='44280'>experience</span> <span m='44870'>for</span> <span m='45000'>such</span> <span m='45230'>a</span> <span m='45290'>wide</span> <span m='45580'>range</span> <span m='45890'>of</span> <span m='45940'>people.</span> <span m='46280'>I</span> <span m='46620'>always</span> <span m='46900'>wanted</span> <span m='47090'>to</span> <span m='47130'>help</span> <span m='47370'>people,</span> <span m='47710'>which</span> <span m='48050'>is</span> <span m='48200'>why</span> <span m='48320'>I studied</span> <span m='48750'>Biology.</span> <span m='49270'>I</span> <span m='49320'>never</span> <span m='49580'>thought</span> <span m='49840'>I</span> <span m='49930'>could</span> <span m='50460'>help</span> <span m='50650'>people</span> <span m='50950'>the way</span> <span m='51220'>I</span> <span m='51880'>do</span> <span m='52090'>now</span> <span m='52750'>using</span> <span m='53050'>my</span> <span m='53210'>computer</span> <span m='53770'>and</span> <span m='53860'>bringing</span> <span m='54220'>them</span> <span m='54740'>more</span> <span m='55040'>fun,</span> <span m='55620'>better</span> <span m='55940'>games,</span> <span m='56350'>helping</span> <span m='56520'>them</span> <span m='56750'>relax</span> <span m='57210'>and</span> <span m='57560'>kick back</span> <span m='57810'>after</span> <span m='58020'>a</span> <span m='58290'>hard day's</span> <span m='58600'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='59332'>If</span> <span m='59700'>you</span> <span m='59860'>love</span> <span m='60070'>computers</span> <span m='60900'>and</span> <span m='61380'>you</span> <span m='61670'>love</span> <span m='62060'>the</span> <span m='62140'>feel</span> <span m='62460'>of the keys</span> <span m='62890'>underneath</span> <span m='63050'>your</span> <span m='63390'>hands,</span> <span m='63720'>follow</span> <span m='64150'>that</span> <span m='64379'>passion,</span> <span m='64890'>because</span> <span m='65225'>it</span> <span m='65560'>can</span> <span m='65810'>take</span> <span m='66090'>you</span> <span m='66370'>to</span> <span m='66450'>such</span> <span m='66750'>great</span> <span m='67020'>places.</span> <span m='68090'>It</span> <span m='68580'>doesn't</span> <span m='68840'>have</span> <span m='69030'>to</span> <span m='69120'>be</span> <span m='69310'>all</span> <span 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