Video Game Designer

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Video Game Designers don’t create games. They create detailed design documents. A design document contain descriptions of all aspects of an electronic game - mission, plot, rules, flow charts, sound, artwork, and special features. The design document is the blueprint used by graphic artists, sound designers, and programmers to create the software that results in the video game.

Video game designer is not an entry-level job. You have to know how video game design and development works, and experience as a programmer, artist, or producer helps. Most video game designers have bachelor’s degrees in English, art, computer science, or related areas. Skills in collaboration and negotiation help you make sure the final product is created true to your original vision.

Video game designers work in small start-up companies as well as large multimedia corporations. Their annual salaries vary widely but are usually in the $25,000 - $75,000 range.

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Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-2007 Edition; Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.