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Computer games developer/ tester

Computer games developers make games that can be played online, and on mobile phones, PCs and games consoles.

Potential salary

£19,500 to £59,000

Employment by 2024

+2.64%

Working hours

30 to 40 a week

  • design skills and knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to write computer code
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • deciding what a game will look like and how it can be played
  • coming up with your own original ideas or working from an existing concept
  • creating the game's visual characters, objects and scenery
  • producing concept art and drawings or storyboards at the planning stage
  • bringing the characters, objects and scenery to life with computer modelling and animation software
  • creating the code to make the game work

You could work in a creative studio or in an office.

With experience, you could become a senior developer, producer or technical director.

If you develop your own successful game independently, you could increase your income significantly.

You can get more advice about working in games development from ScreenSkills.

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