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CREATIVE DIRECTOR, IN-DEPTH: It's Good To Have Clear Goals

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Joran continues with his story on working as the creative and technical director of a video gaming company. He describes what he loves most about his career and what he finds most challenging. He also provides advice on how to get into the gaming industry.

Degree: Artificial intelligence
Job Title: Creative & Technical Director
Employer: Weirdbeard

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
National Statistic Change Location
$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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