Video Game and Application Development: Careers

Great video games are challenging, creative and keep players coming back for more. If you want to turn you are a passionate gamer, now is a great time to build on your experience and creativity with skills for a career in video game design and development. O*NET, the nation's primary source of occupational information developed by the U.S. Department of Labor projects a bright future for players in this emerging career field.*

Opportunities for video game designers and developers

Skill sets required for video game development, including computer programming and computer graphics, transfer easily to other industries. Some developers work as software engineers and computer programmers designing custom applications for such diverse purposes as education, corporate training and flight simulator training.

Job titles vary by company and industry, and include technical support specialist, game development artist, video game designer, application tester, animator and web application developer. Responsibilities run the gamut from story and character creation through programming, graphics and audio creation, testing and post-production iterations.

Qualifications and training

Video game artists, designers and developers will need training or experience in computer science/information technology and computer graphics. Some employers will require college degrees in related fields.

Game and application development degree programs

Minnesota School of Business offers a 4-year degree programs specifically for this field:

Individual career-planning sessions

It is our goal to help every potential student find the right college program, whether that is at our school or another. We will be happy to provide a one-on-one meeting with a representative. Get more information on the career outlook for video game designers and developers, placement rates for graduates, and related issues. Call toll-free: 1-877-655-7676 or contact college admissions to reserve a time.


*U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET OnLine Summary Report

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