If you’re a video game enthusiast — meaning you spend most of your free time playing video games, or standing in line waiting for the latest video game system — you might want to consider making a career out of your hobby.
Video gaming is one of the fastest growing industries today. And, companies are champing at the bit to hire qualified, knowledgeable employees. In fact, every year more than 500 games hit store shelves, and video game studios work over time to find skilled gamers to produce the next hit game.
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However, the video gaming industry is not all “fun and games.” A career in this field can be fast paced and high pressure.
“[For some companies] there’s a lot of burnout,” said Jason Della Rocca, a former executive director for a chapter of the International Game Developers Association in a Monster.com report.
But if you thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, then this might be a good career for you. Take a look at these various positions to see which one is the best fit for your skills (originally published by the International Game Developers Association):
Audio - Average Salary: $94,412
The audio components of video games are quickly becoming just as important as the visual aspect. Composers, sound engineers/designers, and audio programmers stand to make an impact on the industry.
Design - Average Salary: $54,000
Designers are responsible for the playability and “Fun Factor” of the game. Designers write, diagram, and document the details of the game. A team of designers work together to create elements of the player experience.
Production - Average Salary: $73,000
Production is one of the most difficult roles to describe, because there are many definitions of this position. A producer can lead and support the project simultaneously. It’s a challenging role, with big rewards.
Programming - Average Salary: $95,300
If you’re new to the video game industry, you’ll probably want to start out as a junior programmer. You first have to demonstrate your talent, ability to code and finish projects on time.
Visual Arts - Average: $54,000
Along with the film industry, the gaming industry is one of the best places to expand your career as an artist. Traditional hand skills and digital know-how are required.
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