Video Game Designer/Web Developer
Video game designers are responsible for both the foundation and execution of game mechanics and overall user experience. Video game designers develop user-friendly games for computers, mobile devices, and websites by brainstorming game details, building code, and testing products for efficiency. Video game designers develop characters’ stories and traits, game plots, settings, and game rules. They may also create obstacles within games, such as puzzles, and adapt game details as needed for playability and consumer appeal.
If you excel at technology and have creative thinking skills to build engaging, entertaining, and unique interactive experiences, being a video game designer may be right for you.
Video game designers need to be creative since they brainstorm innovative designs and how products appear. This position also requires extensive skills in technology, such as editing and design software. Problem-solving is important since video game designers need to figure out how all project elements can fit together. Being detail-oriented is necessary since small glitches or fault layouts can disrupt a game’s usability, and color schemes and aesthetic elements must be carefully selected to make the game attractive.
Video games are a hot field and very competitive. Most video game designers have a bachelor’s degree in computer programming, computer science, or digital and visual communications. It’s also important to build a strong portfolio to highlight your talent and skills.
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The arts are thriving in Texas – and you can too!
Feeling creative? You’ll be in good company in the arts and culture industry. If you’re technically inclined, you’ll find lots of opportunities to work behind the scenes – designing, directing, producing, writing and publishing multimedia and other creative content. Short-term training (usually from a few months to about two years) can get you started in some of these positions, while you’ll need more advanced training or a bachelor’s degree for others.
Texas Labor Market Information, Texas Workforce Commission. Statewide wages by occupation, 2021. Statewide projections by occupation, 2020-2030.