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Game DeveloperAlternative titles

Kaihanga Tākaro

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Game Artist/Animator
Game Designer
Game Producer
Game Programmer
Game Tester

Game developers create, write, design, program, animate, and test games and applications for computers, gaming consoles, and cellphones. The games are written in a variety of computer programming languages.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

Pay

Game developers starting out usually earn
$40K-$60K
per year
Game developers with two to three years' experience can earn
$60K-$80K
per year
Source: Media Design School.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
367
Year 2011
289
Year 2010
186
Source: NZ Game Developers Association annual surveys.

Job opportunities

Average

Chances of getting a job as a game developer are average. Though the occupation has been growing, competition for jobs is high.


How to get into this job

Usually required

One of:

  • a degree in computer science or programming
  • a degree or higher diploma in games art or computer animation.

Useful school subjects

Graphics

Computing and ICT

Mathematics

Physics

Visual Arts

A game developer wearing headphones and holding a controller to test a computer game

Game developers have to rigorously test their games

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Updated 26 Nov 2013