Nationwide Statistics for Video Game Designers
Outside of South Carolina, especially in states with higher populations, the video game industry continues to grow and evolve. In May of 2012, there were almost 30,000 animators and multimedia artists employed in the US and they earned an annual median wage of $61,370. The BLS reports that the states that have the highest employment levels for this profession include: California with 9,220 jobs, New York with 2,710, Washington with 2,530, Texas with 1,590 and Illinois with 950. The majority of graduates will work in the motion picture industry or with computer system design and software publishers.
Where Video Game Designers in South Carolina Work
In addition to obtaining jobs at animation studios, graduates in South Carolina may want to work in advertising or with design firms. There are hundreds throughout the state to choose from. Some of the biggest names in animation include Wingard Graphics & Animation, Digital Hyper Studios in Rock Hill, Hi Defining Productions and the Charles Foster Company in North Charleston. With a little legwork, a recent graduate can produce a massive list of places to apply to. It’s also not uncommon for residents to learn the trade in South Carolina and then relocate to a more advantageous location.
Video Game Design Schools in South Carolina
There are no campus-based locations in the state of South Carolina to study video game design, but don’t worry – there are other options available to you.
Neighboring states North Carolina and Georgia both have physical locations to study video game design, and South Carolina has a few different online options where students can earn their degree from home.
You can learn more about those online video game design school options here.