Computer games developers use their creative flair and technology skills to design and create games for PCs, mobile devices, games consoles and arcade machines. Developers will take the game designers idea and write code to turn it into a playable game with visuals and sound.
You'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computer games technology, computer games development or multimedia design. A degree with a work placement could give you an advantage.
Employers will be interested in your knowledge of software and the computer games market and will want to see proof of your talent and creativity, as well as formal qualifications.
You could start as a quality assurance (QA) tester. You don’t need a degree to start at this level, but you must have plenty of experience of game playing.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to a senior developer, producer or technical director role.Related careers
You may be interested in:
- Computer games tester
- E-learning developer
- Product designer
- Web designer
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
Excellent creative flair, good technical abilities, good problem solving skills, enthusiasm, the ability to work to deadlines, flexibility, the ability to communicate your ideas effectively.
£19,000 to £70,000