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GAME DESIGNER: It's Something You Should Do WIth Passion

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Verena, an independent artist and game designer, spends her typical day working remotely from her home in Scotland designing games and checking in with her clients. She studied urban planning in university, but taught herself game design through reading and attending conferences. She tells us that game design is not a job that you do for the money, but rather something you do with passion.

Degree: Urban Planning
Job Title: Game Designer
Employer: Self-Employed

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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m='13020'>at</span> <span m='13160'>the</span> <span m='13750'>day</span> <span m='13860'>before,</span> <span m='14390'>and</span> <span m='14600'>then</span> <span m='15380'>just</span> <span m='15670'>get</span> <span m='15890'>to</span> <span m='16010'>make</span> <span m='16239'>art,</span> <span m='16950'>make</span> <span m='17130'>design</span> <span m='17450'>decisions,</span> <span m='17950'>talk</span> <span m='18220'>to</span> <span m='18330'>my</span> <span m='18470'>partner.</span> <span m='18920'>We</span> <span m='19070'>are</span> <span m='19120'>working</span> <span m='19500'>remotely</span> <span m='20040'>sitting</span> <span m='20420'>in</span> <span m='20510'>Scotland.</span> </p><p><span m='22110'>I'm</span> <span m='22290'>also</span> <span m='22510'>working</span> <span m='23010'>freelance</span> <span m='23570'>marketing</span> <span m='24270'>with</span> <span m='24520'>game</span> <span m='24820'>studios.</span> <span m='25200'>So</span> <span m='25450'>I</span> <span m='25500'>will</span> <span m='25700'>check</span> <span m='25900'>in</span> <span m='26020'>with</span> <span m='26190'>my</span> <span m='26310'>clients,</span> <span m='26770'>see</span> <span m='26910'>what</span> <span m='27120'>they are</span> <span m='27390'>up</span> <span m='27600'>to.</span> <span m='29020'>And</span> <span m='29420'>basically,</span> <span m='30070'>yeah,</span> <span m='30620'>that's</span> <span m='30810'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='31690'>That's a</span> <span m='31790'>long one,</span> <span m='32210'>because</span> <span m='32689'>I</span> <span m='33010'>am</span> <span m='33420'>actually</span> <span m='34700'>educated--</span> <span m='35430'>I</span> <span m='35680'>have a</span> <span m='36090'>master's</span> <span m='36300'>degree</span> <span m='36460'>in</span> <span m='36680'>urban</span> <span m='36800'>planning,</span> <span m='37450'>which</span> <span m='37660'>is</span> <span m='37760'>not</span> <span m='37940'>really</span> <span m='38020'>typical</span> <span m='38530'>for</span> <span m='38690'>a game</span> <span m='38930'>designer.</span> <span m='40120'>It</span> <span m='40320'>just</span> <span m='40920'>took</span> <span m='41070'>me</span> <span m='41190'>a while</span> <span m='41440'>to</span> <span m='41510'>figure</span> <span m='41770'>out</span> <span m='41940'>what</span> <span m='42110'>I</span> <span m='42150'>want,</span> <span m='42390'>and</span> <span m='42540'>that's</span> <span m='42740'>not</span> <span m='42950'>a</span> <span m='43000'>bad</span> <span m='43210'>thing.</span> <span m='43930'>I</span> <span m='44040'>took</span> <span m='44230'>all</span> <span m='44360'>the</span> <span m='44470'>experiences,</span> <span m='45360'>and</span> <span m='46470'>I have</span> <span m='46620'>now</span> <span m='46870'>a</span> <span m='46910'>very</span> <span m='47140'>unique</span> <span m='47610'>perspective</span> <span m='48210'>on</span> <span 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