IT & CommunicationJob Spotlights

Game Designer

Game Designers design and build computer or console games to be sold to consumers. The games they design are often complex and intriguing, and the job requires creativity and technical know-how

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and growing fast.

“Programmers make games – artists make games look good – designers make games feel good”

Salary Range: Qualified game designer can expect to earn around $70k – $80k per year, but for top independent designers you could earn much more. The creator of Minecraft, for example, is a billionaire.

Future Growth: Job Outlook rate the outlook for Graphic & Web Designers as very strong

Qualifications and skills required:
While you don’t always need any formal qualifications to work in the industry, you may find it easier to secure a job with experience or an education in maths, design, software engineering or IT.

Employers look for
  • people who can combine creativity with technical ability
  • those who adapt quickly to new technology
  • people with good communication and teamwork skills
  • those with a strong interest in everything to do with games

While each design studio may use different software, a working knowledge of the main design software and coding languages (including C++, Javascript and C#) will be helpful.

What does the training look like?
You can study game development at TAFE, university or one of the private colleges.
You have lots of options – look for courses with quality studios that teach practical skills as well as theory, and opportunities for industry placements.

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