Professions Growing in the Video Game Industry
The lead designer leads his team of designers, narrators, artists and psychologists to develop a game from concept to the production of a robust game. Game designers’ salaries start at $35,000. Some designers make $200,000 per year. A bachelor’s degree is necessary.
Video Game Programmers
There is always room for video game programmers and the most complicated role-playing games may demand 15 different types of programming. A bachelor’s degree is required along with familiarity with C or C++, Assembly, Perl and Lua languages. Salaries average $77,000 for new programmers to more than $125,000 for the very experienced.
Video Game Narrators
Narrators are the game’s writers. They create the game’s language, person and place names, instructions and more. A stong writing background plus a familiarity with storyboarding and graphics is usually necessary. Average salary in the U.S. is $65,000 per year.
Video Game Artists and Animators
The artists and animators of the game produce all artwork and motion animation. From pencil to 3D software, the artist must be imaginative and skilled in all phases of classic and digital art. Entry-level salaries average $65,000 per year.
Many game companies are experimenting with hiring psychologists to scientifically test their games and the effects they have on the users. Is the player excited or having an anxiety attack? A PhD psychologist will make between $70,000 and $80,000 to start.
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 that gives an excellent overview of the field.
Video Game Education Available in Colorado
Aims Community College, Greeley, CO – Aims Community College in Greeley, CO offers Graphic Design & Rich Media: Animation, A.A.S., Game Design Certificate
(2-3 semesters), Graphic Design & Rich Media: Graphic Design, A.A.S.
Tuition is $1,310.40 for an in-district, full-time student.
The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO – The Art Institute of Colorado located in Denver, CO offers Bachelor of Arts in Game Art & Design.
The tuition for this private school is $87660 for the entire Bachelor’s program.
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO – University of Colorado-Colorado Springs located in Colorado Springs, CO offers Bachelor of Innovation™. This degree is analogous to a bachelor’s of science or art. A BI degree in computer science means the computer courses are the same as a BS, but the students are taught core skills involving proposal writing, entrepreneurship, business and intellectual law and innovation. Graduates with this degree have shown to have an advantage in after-graduation employment. The degree is also available for the marketing and engineering fields.
Tuition for freshmen and sophomores is $3735 for 15 credit hours.
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO – Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO offers Bachelor of Fine Art, Game Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Animation
This private school’s tuition is $10,860 per term.
Westwood College, North and South Denver, CO – Westwood College, North and South Denver, CO offers The Bachelor of Science in Game Software Development degree which prepares students for game programming and production.
Tuition is $5,220 per term. The Bachelor of Art in Game Art major is $5,480 per term.
There are schools such as The Art Institutes, International School of Design & Technology, Full Sail and others that offer online classes to students across the country.