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Next Generation Of Gamers Get Degrees At Online School!

By Michelle Conner

Every so often one hears of a person who had turned his or her avocation into a high paying vocation. If you need a sterling example, one need not look any further than a video developer. Not only is it part of their job to create entertainment for the mass public, but they are well compensated for making a career out of gaming.

In many ways a game developer is the first step into gaming management. If there is a close parallel to this position, it’s probably the producer of your favorite animated TV show of movie. Although the developer more than likely rose up the ranks from a particular specialty, they have to have at least a solid general knowledge of what others in the development team do. If you need more information about online courses, look on the internet.

It’s also a highly creative position as the basis of the game starts with the developer. Many these days keep their eyes on publications such as the Hollywood Reporter or Variety for the next ultra popular book, sport, TV show or movie, and then try to figure out how to make a game out of it.

If anything, the business aspect of the job is becoming bigger and bigger as the industry does the same. For instance, a company that comes up with a truly original idea can be sitting on a licensing goldmine, causing a secondary cash stream from such licensed merchandise as TV/movie rights, action figures and even apparel. Don’t think the developer’s employer, the software publisher, isn’t mindful of this. The employee must be too.

If that isn’t enough, a developer must also keep abreast of innovations in such fields as artificial intelligence, 3D graphics, digitized sound and others. When Apple announced its new iPad or Microsoft announces what it’s now calling its “slim” Xbox, the developer also must see how this affects his product.

Most jobs for game programmers specify a bachelor’s degree (in mathematics, physics, computer science, “or equivalent experience”). Many online colleges offer courses and degrees in game programming. Any such degrees should offer a well-rounded education that includes all the fundamentals of software engineering and some side courses in business management. From there, it’s up to the developer to work his way up the chain of command. There is an abundance of information about online college course on the web.  

Once there though, the salary can be considerable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average developer makes about $100,000. The benefits package usually includes insurance, retirement program, expense account and, most importantly, profit sharing. Developers becoming millionaires are not unheard of.

As for the future of game development? Once you have completed online college, and online graduate programs one need only look at the video gaming industry.

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