How do I Become a Video Game Developer?
The short answer seems to be; lots of time playing video games, a degree or degrees in an appropriate field, strong communication skills, tons of hard work, and the ability to work in a highly stressful, yet rewarding environment. Like virtually any other career, what people see from the outside is the highest level of attainment in that field, and want to do that. They see the fame and fortune enjoyed by actors, musicians and other celebrities, and want to do that. The same goes for athletes. Likewise, for people wanting to become video game designers/developers. They all want to create the next Halo, Sim, or even PacMan (for you parents).
The reality is that only a very small percentage of the people in those industries ever get anywhere close to that level of success. So keep your goal of becoming rich, but it’s best for you to plan for less notoriety and financial reward. So what does it take?
There are roughly 40,000 people working in the U.S. in video game development, over 45% of whom work in California. Salaries for testers may be $37,000+, artists make about $65,000, Audio Engineers earn closer to $70,000, and programmers demand over $80,000. Of course those figures are averages, and entry-level positions will pay significantly less.
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