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