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GAME DESIGNER: Start By Working On Games In Your Own Time, Unpaid

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Find out from this game designer what goes into actually building a functional game!

Degree: Computer Science
Job Title: Game Programmer

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, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Teamwork, Artistic, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='16430'>C++.</span> <span m='16750'>It</span> <span m='17120'>might</span> <span m='17270'>be</span> <span m='17700'>Java.</span> <span m='18430'>And</span> <span m='19500'>my</span> <span m='19660'>job is</span> <span m='20100'>to</span> <span m='20720'>make</span> <span m='21110'>the</span> <span m='21200'>interactivity happen</span> <span m='21700'>in</span> <span m='22200'>a game.</span> <span m='22720'>So</span> <span m='23200'>I'm</span> <span m='23400'>the</span> <span m='23490'>glue</span> <span m='23750'>that</span> <span m='23890'>holds</span> <span m='24330'>everything</span> <span m='24710'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='25790'>So</span> <span m='26910'>I</span> <span m='27290'>did</span> <span m='27470'>a</span> <span m='27530'>lot</span> <span m='27710'>of</span> <span m='27800'>self-education</span> <span m='28740'>as I</span> <span m='29080'>was</span> <span m='29300'>growing</span> <span m='29530'>up.</span> <span m='29860'>I</span> <span m='30600'>went</span> <span m='30830'>to</span> <span m='31310'>university,</span> <span m='31830'>got a</span> <span m='32240'>computer</span> <span m='32299'>science</span> <span m='32700'>degree.</span> <span m='32980'>Didn't do</span> <span m='33260'>a</span> <span m='33690'>game</span> <span m='33870'>specific</span> <span m='34300'>degree.</span> <span m='34730'>I</span> <span m='34830'>think</span> <span m='35735'>a game</span> <span m='36170'>specific</span> <span m='36300'>degree's</span> <span m='36800'>great,</span> <span m='37240'>but</span> <span m='37450'>it's</span> <span m='37570'>also</span> <span m='37830'>really</span> <span m='38040'>good</span> <span m='38270'>to</span> <span m='38520'>have</span> <span m='39400'>core computer</span> <span m='39860'>science</span> <span m='40190'>competencies.</span> <span m='40555'>A lot of</span> <span m='40920'>students</span> <span m='41340'>really</span> <span m='41420'>like</span> <span m='41550'>that.</span> <span m='42680'>It</span> <span m='43280'>mean</span> <span m='43520'>you</span> <span m='43900'>really</span> <span m='44190'>understand</span> <span m='44630'>what you're</span> <span m='44870'>doing.</span> <span m='44980'>You have</span> <span m='45422'>a deeper</span> <span m='45864'>understanding</span> <span m='46306'>of</span> <span m='46750'>what</span> <span m='47120'>it</span> <span m='47230'>means</span> <span m='47620'>to</span> <span m='47720'>write</span> <span m='48090'>code,</span> <span m='48380'>what's</span> <span m='48580'>happening,</span> <span m='49050'>how it</span> <span m='49280'>works,</span> <span m='49710'>[INAUDIBLE],</span> <span m='50622'>all that stuff.</span> <span m='51534'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='52446'>really useful.</span> </p><p><span m='54270'>The</span> <span m='54360'>main</span> <span m='54620'>thing</span> <span m='55030'>if</span> <span m='55370'>you</span> <span m='55490'>want</span> <span m='55640'>to</span> <span m='55690'>get</span> <span m='55840'>a</span> <span m='55890'>job</span> <span m='56200'>like</span> <span m='56450'>mine--</span> <span m='56770'>which is</span> <span m='57100'>really</span> <span m='57370'>awesome, I</span> <span m='57770'>recommend it.</span> <span m='58340'>I</span> <span m='58450'>get</span> <span m='58740'>to</span> <span m='59560'>do</span> <span m='59790'>all</span> <span m='59950'>kinds</span> <span m='60250'>of</span> <span m='60330'>interesting</span> <span m='60750'>things.</span> <span m='61280'>I'm learning</span> <span m='61590'>every</span> <span m='61790'>day.</span> <span m='63890'>You</span> <span m='64340'>need</span> <span m='64720'>to</span> <span m='64980'>show</span> <span m='65540'>your</span> <span m='65770'>perspective</span> <span m='66210'>in play--</span> <span m='66520'>that you're</span> <span m='66830'>passionate</span> <span m='67250'>about</span> <span m='67530'>this.</span> <span m='67810'>You</span> <span m='67890'>need</span> <span m='68050'>to</span> <span m='68120'>be</span> 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m='81615'>Because</span> <span m='81950'>you will never</span> <span m='82345'>stop learning.</span> </p><p><span m='83510'>That's</span> <span m='83850'>the</span> <span m='84080'>great</span> <span m='84380'>thing</span> <span m='84520'>about</span> <span m='84960'>this</span> <span m='85100'>kind</span> <span m='85320'>of</span> <span m='85400'>job,</span> <span m='86120'>is</span> <span m='86320'>you</span> <span m='86430'>never</span> <span m='86630'>get</span> <span m='86840'>to</span> <span m='86940'>a</span> <span m='87000'>point</span> <span m='87320'>where</span> <span m='87480'>you go,</span> <span m='87760'>OK,</span> <span m='88510'>I'm</span> <span m='88670'>not</span> <span m='88840'>learning</span> <span m='89130'>anymore.</span> <span m='89680'>I</span> <span m='89790'>know</span> <span m='89980'>everything</span> <span m='90320'>there</span> <span m='90490'>is to</span> <span m='90710'>know.</span> <span m='91430'>I'm</span> <span m='91630'>done.</span> <span 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