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Game Designer

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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