Game Programmer

Write the code for computer games.

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Salary Range
$41,000 – $114,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Game Programmers do?

A Game Programmer is a type of Software Engineer, who chooses to work in the gaming industry. As a Game Programmer, you are responsible for bringing video and computer games to life by writing the technical code at their core.

When working on a new game, your main responsibility is connecting the input from the player’s control consul to the actions that happen on screen. This ensures players are able to navigate through the game. Secondly, you control many of the internal actions of the game. For example, you’re in charge of the movements all of the characters that are not manipulated by human players.

On a daily basis you work closely with Game Artists, Game Designers, Game Producers, Sound Technicians, and Game Testers in order to ensure the technical coding of the game matches the creative vision of the game. Great communication skills, attention to detail, and advanced math and coding skills are essential for this job. Additionally, knowledge of the programming language C++ and in most cases a degree in Computer Science are required to become a Game Programmer.

As a Game Programmer your work brings video games concepts to life. That puts you at the very core of the booming gaming industry. Plus you get to make and play video games for a living, which is pretty cool.

Should I be a Game Programmer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Application Programer Analyst, Game Programer, Mainframe Programmer, Mainframe Systems Programmer, Programer See More

    How to become a Game Programmer

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