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Video Game Development Careers

Career Description

Video game developers design the blueprint of the games, as well as the mission, theme, and rules of play. They can also be responsible for writing the text and dialogue, the layout, and the concept and feel of the game.

Common Work Tasks

  • Brainstorm ideas for video game concepts
  • Write scripts and narratives
  • Sketch storyboards
  • Supervise production of the video game
  • Write detailed plans of the game, including maps and flow charts
  • Supervise testing of the game and resolve issues that may arise
  • Work with musicians on background music and sound
  • Collaborate with writers who create ideas,  stories, or captions
  • Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations

Other Job Titles

Video game developers are also known by other titles,  including:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Software Designer
  • Graphic Artist

Education,  Training, and Experience

Education and Training
  Most video game developers earn a college degree. The most common concentrations are English, art, and computer science.  Technical skills are the most important aspect of this career. Video game developers need to understand computer programming and software design.

  Experience can be more important than formal education for a career as a video game developer. Most developers learn the most valuable skills they need in this career while working on the job. Most video game developers start out as artists, programmers, testers, or producers and work their way up.


The median annual salary for a video game developer is $54,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $98,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $30,000.

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  26%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 23,000
  • Employment 2006 : 87,000
  • Employment 2016:  110,000

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