Country Wide Video Game Statistics
Overall, video game design is growing rapidly all over the country. However, as with any other occupation, your options and opportunities will depend upon your location. The BLS reports that the bottom 10% of video game designers earn an annual wage of $34,860 while the top 10% earn an annual wage of $113,470. The median wage, which is the middle line for earnings, is $61,370. Texas is ranked as 4 in the top 5 states with highest employment levels for video game designers; just between Washington and Illinois. The states with the two highest employment levels are California and New York.
Where Video Game Designers in Texas Work
The video game industry is booming throughout Texas, with some of the most popular companies having branches in the state and independent developers popping up all over. Blizzard Entertainment has a branch in Austin, as does Electronic Arts. Other video game development companies that hire multimedia artists and animators include Bioware in Austin, Sickhead Games and Gearbox Software in Dallas and a host of others throughout the state.
Video Game Design Schools in Texas
There are a few great choices when it comes to video game schools in Texas.
The University of Texas, Dallas offers up a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate’s degree in Arts and Technology and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in emerging media and communication. Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas offers a bachelor of fine arts in computer animation. While these are the only campus-based programs available, there are various online options for those who can’t attend these.
The future for video game designers in the state of Texas is bright and growing. You can learn more about the campus-based and online video game design schools here.