Opportunities in the gaming industry are abundant, but so is the competition. In order to secure a position with a design firm, aspiring game designers must be highly skilled. Experience is key.
Hard work pays off in this fast-growing field. According to Game Developer magazine, video game designers earned an average annual salary of $70,000 in 2005. The International Game Developers Association says that the top-paid designers make up to $200,000 a year.
Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to expand. The Entertainment Software Association (www.theesa.com) reports that U.S. sales of computer and video game software increased by six percent in 2007, which amounted to more than triple the sales of 1996. Fox News reported in August 2008 that, despite economic hardship, sales of software and hardware for video games had increased by 28% in July 2008 compared to July of 2007.
As the industry grows, so do employment opportunities, creating a promising job outlook for game designers.