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VIDEO GAME TEST MANAGER: High School Gave Me The Foundation Of My Career

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John, a video game test manager, is responsible for making sure that the test cases that his team runs get completed accurately. He calls high school the very foundation of his career because that is where you learn to do your homework, be prepared, and communicate, all of which you need everyday in your job.

Job Title: Test Manager
Employer: Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios

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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m='8660'>work</span> <span m='8920'>the</span> <span m='9000'>way</span> <span m='9130'>they're</span> <span m='9290'>supposed</span> <span m='9590'>to,</span> <span m='9950'>get</span> <span m='10090'>completed</span> <span m='10590'>on</span> <span m='10780'>time</span> <span m='11140'>with</span> <span m='11330'>accurate</span> <span m='11730'>results</span> <span m='12090'>reported</span> <span m='12470'>to</span> <span m='12840'>the</span> <span m='12920'>developers.</span> <span m='14180'>In</span> <span m='14340'>a</span> <span m='14420'>typical</span> <span m='14800'>day,</span> <span m='15010'>I'm</span> <span m='15190'>in</span> <span m='15260'>my</span> <span m='15380'>office</span> <span m='16170'>8</span> <span m='16350'>to</span> <span m='16420'>10</span> <span m='16610'>hours.</span> <span m='17300'>I</span> <span m='17430'>can</span> <span m='17580'>spend</span> <span m='17910'>up</span> <span m='18060'>to</span> <span m='18200'>three</span> <span m='18440'>or</span> <span m='18510'>four</span> <span m='18800'>hours</span> <span m='19040'>a</span> <span m='19090'>day</span> <span m='19220'>in</span> <span m='19340'>meetings.</span> <span m='19930'>And</span> <span m='20050'>I'm</span> <span m='20240'>looking</span> <span m='20540'>at</span> <span m='20730'>databases</span> <span m='22240'>3/4</span> <span m='22760'>of</span> <span m='22830'>the</span> <span m='22930'>time</span> <span m='23150'>I'm</span> <span m='23280'>at</span> <span m='23350'>work,</span> <span m='23610'>and</span> <span m='23730'>the</span> <span m='23810'>rest</span> <span m='24040'>of</span> <span m='24080'>the</span> <span m='24160'>time</span> <span m='24380'>I'm</span> <span m='24460'>usually</span> <span m='24710'>looking</span> <span m='24970'>at</span> <span m='25050'>our</span> <span m='25180'>game.</span> </p><p><span m='26200'>My</span> <span m='26590'>path</span> <span m='26700'>into</span> <span m='26780'>games</span> <span m='27060'>started</span> <span m='27520'>10</span> <span m='27680'>years</span> <span m='27890'>ago.</span> <span m='28420'>On</span> <span m='28690'>my</span> <span m='28980'>very</span> <span m='29180'>first</span> <span m='29450'>day,</span> <span m='29650'>I</span> <span m='29720'>could</span> <span m='30210'>use</span> <span m='30500'>Word</span> <span m='30740'>efficiently,</span> <span m='31620'>communicate</span> <span m='32100'>well,</span> <span m='32270'>and</span> <span m='32400'>play</span> <span m='32520'>video</span> <span m='32830'>games.</span> <span m='33560'>Since</span> <span m='33830'>then,</span> <span m='34020'>I've</span> <span m='34170'>learned</span> <span m='34350'>to</span> <span m='34410'>code,</span> <span m='35050'>I've</span> <span m='35220'>learned</span> <span m='35590'>all</span> <span m='35740'>the</span> <span m='35810'>good</span> <span m='35980'>test</span> <span m='36240'>methodologies,</span> <span m='36930'>I've</span> <span m='37080'>read</span> <span m='37220'>the</span> <span m='37280'>books,</span> <span m='37740'>and</span> <span m='37920'>I</span> <span m='37970'>apply</span> <span m='38220'>my</span> <span m='38360'>skills</span> <span m='38760'>every</span> <span m='38990'>day</span> <span m='39170'>and</span> <span m='39330'>ask</span> <span m='39690'>lots</span> <span m='39950'>of</span> <span m='40050'>questions.</span> <span m='41440'>I</span> <span m='41600'>did</span> <span m='41700'>not</span> <span m='41850'>complete a</span> <span m='42140'>college</span> <span m='42450'>program.</span> <span m='42780'>I</span> <span m='42840'>did</span> <span m='43150'>complete</span> <span m='43260'>high</span> <span m='43380'>school,</span> <span m='43660'>and</span> <span m='43720'>that</span> <span m='44500'>provided</span> <span m='44890'>me</span> <span m='45020'>the</span> <span m='45130'>very</span> <span m='45490'>foundation</span> <span m='46040'>I</span> <span m='46110'>needed</span> <span m='46700'>to</span> <span m='46840'>be</span> <span m='47070'>able</span> <span m='47220'>to</span> <span m='47280'>move</span> <span m='47490'>forward</span> <span m='48190'>in</span> <span m='48280'>my</span> <span m='48400'>career.</span> <span m='48820'>Without</span> <span m='49130'>it,</span> <span m='49450'>I</span> <span m='49550'>could</span> <span m='49710'>not</span> <span m='49890'>have</span> <span m='50050'>this</span> <span m='50140'>career.</span> </p><p><span m='51000'>If I</span> <span m='51100'>could</span> <span m='51260'>go</span> <span m='51380'>back,</span> <span m='51710'>and</span> <span m='51850'>I</span> <span m='51890'>could</span> <span m='52030'>talk</span> <span m='52220'>to</span> <span m='52290'>my</span> <span m='52420'>younger</span> <span m='52650'>self,</span> <span m='52950'>I</span> <span m='53000'>would</span> <span m='53140'>tell</span> <span m='53290'>myself</span> <span m='53680'>that</span> <span m='54320'>I</span> <span m='54480'>should</span> <span m='54650'>stay</span> <span m='54810'>in</span> <span m='54910'>high</span> <span m='55050'>school,</span> <span m='55450'>I</span> <span m='55560'>should</span> <span m='55740'>study</span> <span m='56010'>harder,</span> <span m='56510'>and</span> <span m='56640'>that</span> <span m='56790'>while</span> <span m='56960'>that</span> <span m='57110'>education</span> <span m='57680'>isn't</span> <span m='57880'>going</span> <span m='57980'>to</span> <span m='58030'>solve</span> <span m='58360'>my</span> <span m='58520'>problems,</span> <span m='59350'>it</span> <span m='59470'>provides</span> <span m='59950'>me</span> <span m='60090'>the</span> <span m='60180'>skill</span> <span m='60490'>set</span> <span m='61020'>to</span> <span m='61120'>do</span> <span m='61350'>everything</span> <span m='61780'>I</span> <span m='61850'>want</span> <span m='62080'>to</span> <span m='62140'>do.</span> <span m='62480'>Follow</span> <span m='62910'>through</span> <span m='63560'>doing</span> <span m='63800'>homework,</span> <span m='64330'>being</span> <span m='64670'>prepared</span> <span m='65060'>for</span> <span m='65170'>class.</span> <span m='65920'>I</span> <span m='66030'>do</span> <span m='66230'>these</span> <span m='66430'>things</span> <span m='66800'>every</span> <span m='67170'>day</span> <span m='67360'>at</span> <span m='67510'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='68130'>I'm</span> <span m='68260'>prepared</span> <span m='68640'>for</span> <span m='68720'>my</span> <span m='68840'>meetings.</span> <span m='69260'>I</span> <span m='69330'>know</span> <span m='69470'>what</span> <span m='69610'>questions</span> <span m='70010'>I</span> <span m='70050'>need</span> <span m='70220'>to</span> <span m='70300'>ask.</span> <span m='70520'>I</span> <span m='70710'>know</span> <span m='70810'>what</span> <span m='70930'>I</span> <span m='70980'>need</span> <span m='71120'>to</span> <span m='71180'>get</span> <span m='71330'>out</span> <span m='71530'>of</span> <span m='71640'>that</span> <span m='71820'>meeting.</span> <span m='72770'>I</span> <span m='73350'>communicate</span> <span m='73840'>effectively</span> <span m='74340'>with</span> <span m='74480'>my</span> <span m='74630'>managers</span> <span m='75180'>through</span> <span m='75330'>a</span> <span m='75350'>variety</span> <span m='75910'>of</span> <span m='76460'>methods,</span> <span m='76990'>email,</span> <span m='77430'>in</span> <span m='77570'>person,</span> <span m='77990'>on</span> <span m='78160'>phones,</span> <span m='78630'>text</span> <span m='78860'>message,</span> <span m='79530'>about</span> <span m='79730'>what</span> <span m='79900'>they</span> <span m='80000'>need</span> <span m='80250'>from</span> <span m='80350'>me,</span> <span m='80590'>when</span> <span m='80890'>they</span> <span m='81010'>need</span> <span m='81270'>that,</span> <span m='81810'>and</span> <span m='81950'>then</span> <span m='82080'>what</span> <span m='82240'>I'm</span> <span m='82360'>going</span> <span m='82530'>to</span> <span m='82600'>do</span> <span m='82750'>to</span> <span m='82820'>get</span> <span m='83000'>those</span> <span m='83210'>things</span> <span m='83450'>done.</span> <span m='83660'>And</span> <span m='83760'>you</span> <span m='83850'>learn</span> <span m='84060'>that</span> <span m='84650'>in</span> <span m='84770'>high</span> <span m='84950'>school,</span> <span m='85310'>when</span> <span m='85480'>you</span> <span m='85560'>work</span> <span m='85740'>on</span> <span m='85860'>your</span> <span m='85960'>very</span> <span m='86270'>first</span> <span m='86520'>papers,</span> <span m='86850'>and</span> <span m='87070'>you</span> <span m='87250'>turn</span> <span m='87510'>them into</span> <span m='87600'>your</span> <span m='87750'>very</span> <span m='88030'>first</span> <span m='88290'>teachers,</span> <span m='88980'>by</span> <span m='89080'>the</span> <span m='89150'>time</span> <span m='89390'>you're</span> <span m='89690'>a</span> <span 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