Becoming a Game Engineer: Education & Degree Information

If a career in video games sounds interesting to you, read on to learn about the educational requirements, degree information, key skills and the potential salary of a game engineer. Schools offering Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Information at a Glance

Game engineers create video games for computers, consoles and mobile devices. Most need at least a bachelor's degree in game engineering, computer science or a related field. Find out more about the game engineering field by referring to the table below.

Degree Required Bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Game engineering, computer science, computer engineering
Key Skills Creativity, organization, detail-oriented
Job Growth (2016-2026) 31% (for all applications software developers)*
Median Salary (2019) $90,390**

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com

What Would You Do as a Game Engineer?

The jobs of game engineers often incorporate elements of software developers, game developers and programmers. Because of this, they must be jacks of all trades. Their hands are in every stage of development of the game, from developing the concept and first mock-ups to the prototypes and the release of the final product.

What Education Do You Need to Become a Game Engineer?

Game engineers typically need at least a bachelor's degree in a related field. Degrees might include -- but are not necessarily limited to -- computer science, game design or computer engineering. In addition, some employers look for at least a few years of experience doing this type of work. Working for a small studio or designing your own video game, first, might be a good way to get your foot in the door of the industry.

What Skills Do You Need?

The process of making a video game can be long and arduous. Because video games incorporate a range of media (writing, storytelling, visual art and technical functions, to name a few) there are plenty of moving parts and lots of pitfalls along the way. Engineers need to see the big picture and captain the ship toward the port in an organized manner. This takes problem-solving skills, as well as organization skills and leadership abilities.

How Much Can You Make as a Game Engineer?

The salaries for game engineers can vary significantly from company to company and location to location. A small smartphone game development company may not pay as much as a big game company that produces best-selling titles. The BLS reports that the median salary for all applications software engineers was $101,790 in 2017; however, PayScale.com offers a more specific median salary for game engineers -- $90,390 per year in 2019.

What's the Job Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for application software developers, a career field that includes game designers, in general, is sunny. In fact, the BLS projects an increase in employment in this field of 31% between 2016 and 2026. By comparison, the average projected growth for all occupations is 7%.

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