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DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & RESEARCH, GAMES, IN-DEPTH: It's Inspiring Seeing The Kids Engage With The Characters

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Mindy, the director of education and research for Sesame Workshop, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She tells us that the most challenging part of her job is making the different objectives and goal of the games work for the children.

Degree: Educational Psychology
Job Title: Director of Education & Research
Employer: Sesame Workshop

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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