Alabama

Alabama is just beginning to wake to the commercial possibilities of video game production. Video game sales are expected to reach $112 billion by 2015 Aegis Technologies, a Huntsville-based national corporation specializes in modeling and simulation programs. They won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge. The game, Combat ID, is the first of a series planned for the U.S. Dept. of Defense. The game trains soldiers to identify friendly soldiers rapidly and accurately. The purpose of the game is to prevent incidents of “friendly fire” shootings in the battlefield.

Occupations Available in the Video Game Industry

Video Game Designers
Narrators, artists, psychologists and designers combine to form the game’s design team. The lead designer guides them from concept to finished product. Designer’s annual salaries can reach up to $200,000. Game designers need to have a bachelor’s degree.

Video Game Programmers
Today’s video game production demands wide array of computer programmers. Programmers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and knowledge of C or C++, Perl, Lua and Assembly languages. Average salaries may reach $125,000 for several years’ experience.

Video Game Narrators
Those with English or writing degrees can enter the fantastic video game world as the writers of the game’s journey, creating place and character names, inventing new languages and putting speech into the mouths of characters. Writers can enter the field through interviews with video game stars or writing how-to guides. Salaries average more than $60,000 per year.

Video Game Artists and Animators
Artists and animators work in tandem with the rest of the design team to create the team’s vision of the game. Skill and imagination in a high degree are required. Software experience is required to create 3D effects. The entering artists average a salary of more than $60,000 per year.

Psychologists
The latest professionals to migrate over to the video game production world are psychologists. They use scientific testing methods to examine the effect the game has on the user. A PhD will earn between $70,000 and $80,000 to start.

Read the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has produced “Work for Play, careers in video game development,” http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2011/fall/art01.pdf. This paper gives prospective video game design students a full review of the industry.

Video Game Education Available in Alabama

University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL offers Video Game Design and Development Certificate
The cost is $2,795 for the entire program.
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL University of Montevallo located in Montevallo, AL offers Minor in Game Studies and Design.
The cost is $9,280 for in-state students.
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL The University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, AL offers Video Game Design and Development online training program.
The cost is $1,995 for the entire program.
ITT-Technical Institute, Birmingham-Bessemer, AL ITT-Technical Institute in Birmingham-Bessemer, AL offers Bachelor of Science, Digital Entertainment and Game Design.
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL The University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, AL offers Video Game Design and Development online training program.
The cost is $1,995 for the entire program.

There are online schools that provide degrees and certificates in the video game production field. They include The Art Institutes, Full Sail, International School of Design & Technology and others.