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Average Wages

Computer Occupations, All Other

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Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: excellent for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.


Also known as:
World Designer, Lead Level Designer, Design Director, Mid Level Game Designer, Designer/Writer, Game Designer/Creative Director, Senior Game Designer, Lead Game Designer, Game Designer, Lead Designer

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Design video game features or details.
  • Communicate project information to others.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Document design or development procedures.
  • Manage information technology projects or system activities.
  • Manage documentation to ensure organization or accuracy.


  • Test software performance.
  • Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Supervise information technology personnel.
  • Analyze market or customer related data.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Programming – Writing computer programs.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.


  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Coordination – Changing what is done based on other people’s actions.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.


Projected Employment Numbers


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2026 Employment

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What Experience and Education do you Require?

People starting in this career usually have:
  1.  Bachelor’s degree
  2.  No work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Design – Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media – Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Successful people in this career have ...

  • Originality – Creating new and original ideas.
  • Fluency of Ideas – Coming up with lots of ideas.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.


  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Selective Attention – Paying attention to something without being distracted.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Visualization – Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.