Occupations Available in the Video Game Industry
Video Game Designers
Video game designers are the foundation of each game. They dream up the plot and story of each game. They then supervise professionals from narrators to artists and programmers to produce the game. The U.S. salaries go from $35,000 to more than $200,000 per year. Education is nearly always necessary to be hired by a game production company, at least a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position.
Video Game Programmers
Programmers enter the video game industry with a bachelor’s degree and a strong background in C or C++, Assembly, Perl and Lua languages to start. There are 15 different types of programmers used in the video game industry, from artificial intelligence to networking. Salaries average $77,000 for entry level jobs to more than $125,000 for more experienced programmers.
Video Game Narrators
Video Game Narrators are the writers for the game. They think up all those unusual languages, place names and character names. They are imaginative writers who use their talent to bring the game to life. They work as part of the game’s design team. In the U.S., the narrators make an average of $65,000 per year.
Video Game Artists and Animators
Artists and animators are used in every video game published. They are responsible not only to produce the artwork, but they must combine their artistic skills along with a bit of salesmanship to produce characters and sets that will appeal to the game buyer and make the game fun as well. The storyboard phase of the design team demands the artist draw with pencil and paper. Later in the production phase, the artist and animator use advanced 3D software. Artists and animators make an average of $62,810 per year in Montana. The highest paid animators made $99,130.
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics produced “Work for Play, careers in video game development,” http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2011/fall/art01.pdf. The paper will let you know about the present and future of employment in the video game industry.
Video Game Education Available in Montana
There are no specific degrees for video game design or programming in Montana. The following universities have degrees for those interested in art and animation in video game development and other new media.
University of Montana, School of Media Arts – University of Montana, School of Media Arts in Missoula, MT offers programs such as Bachelor of Fine Arts, Digital Animation; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sonic Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Integrated Digital Media
Some online courses are available. For Montana residents, the tuition and fees are $5,986.
Montana State University in Billings, MT – Montana State University located in Billings, MT offers Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Fine Art with Concentration in New Media
Undergraduate Montana resident’s tuition is $5,460.
Montana State University in Bozeman, MT – Montana State University located in Bozeman, MT offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design.
Undergraduate tuition is $5,077.
Montana State University (Northern), Le Havre – Montana State University (Northern), Le Havre offers Bachelor of Art: A.A.S Graphic Design
Undergraduate residents $4,644 for lower division students, $5,499 for upper division students.
There are online degrees available from private, for-profit schools such as Full Sail, The Art Institutes, International School of Design & Technology and others.