I believe it was Confucius who said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” While of course, that is debatable, I do believe that working on something that you are passionate about helps motivate you and bring you more happiness. Of course, I’m talking about gaming. For those of us who love gaming, a job in the gaming field could be the type of job we can really stand behind and enjoy. These days, there are so many jobs in the booming game industry that it doesn’t matter what your talents are because there is a job for you.
I’ve compiled a list of ten careers in the gaming field. These are far from all the jobs available, but I think this list gives you a good idea of the variety of jobs in the field.
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#1 Software Developers/Gaming Programmer
You like programming? In this job, you write the computer code for the game. Some parts will involve incorporating and adapting already made code, some will include designing completely new code. The average salary for a gaming programmer is about $63k a year.
#2 Game Designer
Do you have a broad imagination? A Game Designer is a person who plans the different elements of the game such as the characters, story, rules, objects…everything really. After putting together a full concept for the game, it is up to the Designer to share this information with the development team so the game can be created. The average annual salary is about $60k.
#3 Video Game Artist
Artists create all the visual aspects of the game–from the characters to the scenery, to even the textures of surfaces. Anything and everything that is visual is created by the artists. That includes concept art, 3D modeling, and texture artists. The average annual income is $50k.
Are you a writer? Well, video games need writers, not only for the storyline but also dialogue, instructions, and even writing you can find in the game (on scrolls, in books, and such). It isn’t limited to the actual game though. The game will need a someone to promote it on social media. Other names for this job are Narrative Copywriter and Narrative Designer. The annual average income is about $51k.
#5 Game Producer
This job involves working with an entire production team to oversee the creation of the game promptly. Some producers focus on specific parts of the game development, and then there are the managers that oversee the entire production team. Producers overall, keep the development process organized, set up task timelines, and handle the review and approval processes. The average annual income of a Video Gamer Producer is $76k.
Are you a lover of music? This is the job for you then. The Composers create the music for a game. That includes theme music for characters and background music in general. Things have changed a lot since the original video games and games now have fantastic music to accompany them. There is a wide range of what a video game composer can make, and this depends on factors like if the composer wants to retains rights to their music or how many jobs they do in a year if they work freelance. Composers can make between $30k – $75k + a year.
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These are the people that sell the game. They will create a plan of action for how to promote the game. This job can make or break a game. Even if you have a really great game, if it isn’t advertised right then sales could be weak. A Marketing Manager has an average annual salary of about $63k.
#8 Voice Actor
Yes, even games need voice acting even though you might not even have thought about it much. What’s fun about a career in voice acting is not only the ability to voice act in video games, but also in cartoons, and English dubs of anime. Could be an exciting career in several areas that you enjoy. This is another job where it is hard to gauge an annual income. That is because most voice actors get paid per job and work as freelancers instead of as a permanent part of a company. In the video game industry, you can be paid up to $200 an hour.
This job is all about bringing the game to life. An animator creates all the movement and therefore behavior in a game. You would take an image and idea of a character and turn them into an actual person in the game. They work with the creative team who create the image of the characters and objects. The average annual income of an animator is about $51k.
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Are you multilingual? That’s enough to get you a job in the video game field. Games need to be translated from the original language into other languages for a broader population of potential players. What I like about this job is you can work specifically on video games, or you can branch out to all types of translating jobs to make more money. You probably won’t work directly for a video game company, but instead, you would probably work for a translating company, or even could be your own boss. Considering this job is performed mostly as a freelance and you are paid per job, it’s not easy to know what an average annual income might be. Though the average hourly rate of pay is about $20.