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SOUND EFFECTS DESIGNER, GAMES: It Would Sound Weird If A Character Moved Silently

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Daniel spends his typical day making loud noises for a living in his office. A sound effects designer for video games, he is responsible for creating all the sounds in his games and then syncing them up to the graphics. He tells us that he likes his job because it's a great blend of the creative and the technical. He comes from a background of computer science, music, and audio engineering.

Degree: Cognitive Science
Job Title: Sound Effects Designer, 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.

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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

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Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='14370'>game</span> <span m='14610'>designers.</span> <span m='15320'>There's</span> <span m='16560'>multiple</span> <span m='16970'>types</span> <span m='17280'>of</span> <span m='17370'>disciplines</span> <span m='17860'>involved</span> <span m='18290'>in</span> <span m='18350'>making a</span> <span m='18700'>game,</span> <span m='19702'>and</span> <span m='21180'>I</span> <span m='21310'>do</span> <span m='21450'>the</span> <span m='21530'>sounds</span> <span m='21860'>for</span> <span m='21950'>that.</span> <span m='22270'>So</span> <span m='23800'>if</span> <span m='24060'>there</span> <span m='24320'>is</span> <span m='24500'>a</span> <span m='24600'>character</span> <span m='25000'>that's</span> <span m='25210'>moving,</span> <span m='25920'>I</span> <span m='26060'>need</span> <span m='26280'>to</span> <span m='26610'>make</span> <span m='26910'>sounds</span> <span m='27310'>for</span> <span m='27600'>him</span> <span m='27730'>moving;</span> <span m='28080'>right?</span> <span m='28410'>Because</span> <span m='28620'>otherwise</span> <span m='29020'>it's</span> <span m='29790'>going</span> <span m='29900'>to</span> <span m='29950'>sound</span> <span m='30230'>weird</span> <span m='30390'>if</span> <span m='30540'>it's</span> <span m='30630'>just</span> <span m='30800'>completely</span> <span m='31230'>silent.</span> <span m='33680'>So</span> <span m='33870'>once</span> <span m='34100'>I</span> <span m='34800'>make</span> <span m='35120'>the</span> <span m='35200'>sounds,</span> <span m='36680'>I</span> <span m='36780'>also</span> <span m='36970'>have</span> <span m='37100'>to</span> <span m='37190'>hook</span> <span m='37390'>them</span> <span m='37540'>up</span> <span m='37670'>into</span> <span m='37840'>the</span> <span m='37950'>game.</span> </p><p><span m='39460'>I</span> <span m='39700'>really</span> <span m='39960'>like</span> <span m='40150'>my</span> <span m='40260'>job</span> <span m='40580'>because</span> <span m='40750'>it's</span> <span m='40910'>a</span> <span m='40960'>nice</span> <span m='41330'>blend</span> <span m='41840'>of</span> <span m='43450'>being</span> <span m='43880'>creative,</span> <span m='44750'>which</span> <span m='44990'>would</span> <span m='45090'>be</span> <span m='45340'>making</span> <span m='45730'>the</span> <span m='45820'>sounds.</span> <span m='46390'>It's</span> <span m='46590'>kind</span> <span m='46800'>of</span> <span m='46930'>the</span> <span m='47200'>artistic</span> <span m='47680'>side</span> <span m='47890'>of</span> <span m='47990'>things.</span> <span m='48920'>And</span> <span m='49030'>then</span> <span m='49550'>the</span> <span m='49690'>technical</span> <span m='50130'>side</span> <span m='50550'>is</span> <span m='50760'>when</span> <span m='50990'>I</span> <span m='51040'>have</span> <span m='51210'>to</span> <span m='51300'>actually</span> <span m='51600'>hook</span> <span m='51800'>it</span> <span m='51890'>up</span> <span m='52040'>into</span> <span m='52210'>the</span> <span m='52320'>game.</span> </p><p><span m='53210'>I'm</span> <span m='53410'>in</span> <span m='53500'>an</span> <span m='53620'>office,</span> <span m='54710'>and</span> <span m='55660'>I</span> <span m='55840'>have--</span> <span m='56660'>It's</span> <span m='57150'>a</span> <span m='57200'>sound</span> <span m='57590'>office;</span> <span m='57900'>right?</span> <span m='58090'>Because</span> <span m='58290'>I</span> <span m='58490'>have</span> <span m='58650'>to be able to</span> <span m='58710'>make</span> <span m='58970'>noise,</span> <span m='59950'>so</span> <span m='60460'>I'm</span> <span m='60690'>a</span> <span m='60770'>bit</span> <span m='60920'>of</span> <span m='61000'>a</span> <span m='61050'>special</span> <span m='61390'>case.</span> <span m='63575'>But yeah,</span> <span m='64060'>I</span> <span m='64120'>have</span> <span m='64250'>my</span> <span m='64390'>own</span> <span m='65069'>office</span> <span m='65540'>and</span> <span m='65740'>studio</span> <span m='66210'>where</span> <span m='66540'>I</span> <span m='66610'>get</span> <span m='66770'>to</span> <span m='66860'>make</span> <span m='67150'>loud</span> <span m='67360'>noises</span> <span m='67750'>and</span> <span m='68340'>no</span> <span m='68510'>one's</span> <span m='68860'>bothered</span> <span m='69200'>by</span> <span m='69390'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='70670'>My</span> <span m='70860'>educational/career</span> <span m='71890'>path.</span> <span m='73540'>It's</span> <span m='73690'>a</span> <span m='73710'>bit</span> <span m='73920'>of</span> <span m='73980'>a</span> <span m='74070'>long</span> <span m='74440'>one.</span> <span m='75550'>I</span> <span m='75850'>first</span> <span m='76170'>got</span> <span m='76380'>involved,</span> <span m='77650'>or</span> <span m='77760'>interested,</span> <span m='79260'>with</span> <span m='79500'>audio</span> <span m='80010'>because</span> <span m='80420'>I'm</span> <span m='80540'>a</span> <span m='80600'>drummer.</span> <span m='81490'>So</span> <span m='81740'>I</span> <span m='81880'>got</span> <span m='82160'>into it</span> <span m='82510'>through</span> <span m='82710'>music.</span> <span m='85170'>I</span> <span m='85290'>went</span> <span m='85520'>to</span> <span m='85640'>college,</span> <span m='87400'>and</span> <span m='87610'>I</span> <span m='87670'>studied</span> <span m='88140'>Cognitive</span> <span m='88690'>Science,</span> <span m='89170'>which</span> <span m='89310'>is</span> <span m='89440'>actually</span> <span m='90500'>Psychology</span> <span m='91320'>and half</span> <span m='91670'>Computer</span> <span m='92090'>Science.</span> <span m='93040'>So</span> <span m='93230'>still</span> <span m='93520'>nothing</span> <span m='93820'>really</span> <span m='94100'>related</span> <span m='94550'>to</span> <span m='94680'>what</span> <span m='94820'>I'm</span> <span m='94930'>doing</span> <span m='95800'>right</span> <span m='95990'>now,</span> <span m='96180'>yet.</span> <span m='96930'>But</span> <span m='97680'>then</span> <span m='97830'>I</span> <span m='97880'>went</span> <span m='98060'>to</span> <span m='98300'>a</span> <span m='98420'>year</span> <span m='98950'>technical</span> <span m='99380'>program</span> <span m='100110'>for</span> <span m='100320'>audio</span> <span m='100630'>engineering.</span> <span m='101850'>And</span> <span m='102030'>that's</span> <span m='102260'>kind</span> <span m='102480'>of</span> <span m='102630'>what</span> <span m='102920'>brought</span> <span m='103230'>everything</span> <span m='103650'>together,</span> <span m='104160'>since</span> <span m='104430'>I</span> <span m='104500'>kind</span> <span m='104710'>of</span> <span m='104770'>have</span> <span m='104970'>the</span> <span m='105030'>computer</span> <span m='105380'>science</span> <span m='105680'>background,</span> <span m='106085'>the</span> <span m='106490'>music,</span> <span m='107530'>and</span> <span m='107800'>then</span> <span m='107920'>the</span> <span m='108430'>sound--</span> <span m='109330'>audio</span> <span m='109550'>engineering</span> <span m='109960'>side.</span> <span m='110310'>So</span> <span m='110970'>that's</span> <span m='111130'>how</span> <span m='111260'>everything</span> <span m='111500'>kind</span> <span m='111720'>of</span> <span m='111840'>got</span> <span m='112040'>blended</span> <span m='112350'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='112820'>If</span> <span m='113300'>I</span> <span m='113410'>could</span> <span m='113600'>go</span> <span m='113750'>back</span> <span m='114030'>and</span> <span m='114150'>talk</span> <span m='114320'>to</span> <span m='114400'>my</span> <span m='114490'>high</span> <span m='114660'>school</span> <span m='114940'>self,</span> <span m='116320'>it</span> <span m='116490'>would</span> <span m='116630'>just be to</span> <span m='116990'>say,</span> <span m='117320'>hey,</span> <span m='118610'>you</span> <span m='118750'>can</span> <span m='118910'>actually</span> <span m='119280'>make</span> <span m='119980'>a</span> <span m='120080'>living</span> <span m='120680'>doing</span> <span m='120970'>audio.</span> <span m='121900'>I</span> <span m='122030'>didn't</span> <span m='122190'>even</span> <span m='122410'>know</span> <span m='123480'>that</span> <span m='123980'>field</span> <span m='124240'>existed.</span> <span m='125620'>I</span> <span m='126100'>was</span> <span m='126280'>completely</span> <span m='126710'>oblivious</span> <span m='127210'>to</span> <span m='127320'>how</span> <span m='129060'>sound</span> <span m='129550'>gets</span> <span m='129770'>made</span> <span m='130100'>for</span> <span m='130389'>music,</span> <span m='130919'>how</span> <span m='131200'>sound</span> <span m='131420'>gets</span> <span m='131560'>made</span> <span m='131880'>for</span> <span m='132110'>TV,</span> <span m='132750'>how</span> <span m='132910'>sound gets</span> <span m='133320'>made</span> <span m='133560'>for</span> <span m='133680'>video</span> <span m='133950'>games.</span> <span m='134340'>I</span> <span m='134430'>just</span> <span m='134720'>had</span> <span m='134990'>no</span> <span m='135140'>idea.</span> <span m='136080'>And</span> <span m='136300'>it</span> <span m='136400'>took me</span> <span m='136580'>a</span> <span m='136650'>long</span> <span m='136950'>time</span> <span m='137330'>to</span> <span m='137540'>realize</span> <span m='138010'>that</span> <span m='139500'>this</span> <span m='139740'>is</span> <span m='139800'>something</span> <span m='140090'>you</span> <span m='140220'>can</span> <span m='140410'>do.</span> <span m='144510'>In</span> <span m='144730'>general</span> <span m='145160'>I</span> <span m='145240'>think</span> <span m='145520'>if</span> <span m='145630'>there's</span> <span m='145790'>something</span> <span m='146020'>that</span> <span m='146320'>you</span> <span m='146570'>like</span> <span m='146810'>to</span> <span m='146910'>do</span> <span m='147310'>a</span> <span m='147410'>lot,</span> <span m='147910'>see</span> <span m='148250'>if</span> <span m='148360'>there's</span> <span m='148570'>people</span> <span m='148860'>out</span> <span m='148990'>there</span> <span m='150600'>making</span> <span m='150910'>a</span> <span m='150960'>living</span> <span m='151210'>off of it.</span> <span m='151430'>Because</span> <span m='151700'>you</span> <span m='151760'>might</span> <span m='151920'>be</span> <span m='152000'>surprised.</span> </p>","file":{"id":377025,"video_id":"3363613603001","name":"2304-Daniel-AudioDesignerGames1","duration":153345,"thumbnail_url":null}});