Jobs in the Video Game Industry

Video game designers and programmers
Members of a video game design team.. Dennis O'Clair / The Image Bank / Getty Images

Many gamers dream of one day making a living designing video games themselves. A video game job is possible, but a job working as a video game designer is usually earned from years of experience doing other work in this field. Fortunately, there are many types of jobs from which to choose, both on the technical side and on the business side of the industry. And what a booming industry it is. According to a press release from market research firm NPD, "combined video game software unit sales across the world’s three largest games markets experienced growth of 11 percent" in 2008 (2008 Video Game Software Sales Across Top Global Markets Experience Double-Digit Growth, February 2, 2009).

Beginning with technical careers, here are some options people who want a video game job can consider.

Game Designer

A video game designer will come up with a concept that will eventually become a video game and see that idea through to fruition. He or she will work with other members of the development team, including artists, programmers, and audio engineers. Video game design jobs are not entry-level positions — one will have to work himself or herself up to this position by working in other jobs in the field. Video game design jobs include game designer, lead designer , and level designer.
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Video game programmers design and develop the code that makes video games work. They work with the design team to implement its vision for the final product. Video game programmers specialize in one area of programming and are usually computer software engineers and computer programmers.

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Animators make video games come to life visually and are an integral part of the video game development team. They create the series of pictures that form the images in a video game.
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Audio Engineer

Audio engineers are responsible for anything you hear during a video game. They give voice to characters and create a game's sound effects.
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Writers fill different roles within the video game industry. Script writers create the story the game is based upon and write dialogue for the characters. Technical writers are responsible for the documentation and instructions that accompany video games.
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A translator converts the audio aspects of a video game, including the characters' dialogue and instructions, to other languages. A translator can also convert written instructions and documentation.
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Video Game Tester

A game tester provides quality assurance for a video game company. He or she makes sure a game functions as it is supposed to, identifies problems and bugs and reports findings.
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Technical Support Specialist

Technical support specialists are the link between the video game company and the public.

They help customers who may have problems operating a game or related equipment.
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If a tech job in the video game industry isn't for you, you may be interested in working on the business side of things. Here are some options:


Video game producers, like producers that work in the entertainment industry, tend to the business and financial details involved in making a video game. He or she coordinates the activities of all personnel who work on a video game and keeps production within time and budget constraints.
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Marketing Manager

Marketing managers oversee the activities of the marketing team. He or she formulates the way a video game will be marketed to the public.
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Market Research Analyst

Market research analysts help video game companies determine what products and services to sell, how much to charge for them and where and how to sell them.
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Sales Representative

Sales representatives sell video games to wholesalers or retailers on behalf of the manufacturer. He or she must be knowledgable about the product, potential customers, and the industry.
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