Table of Content
- Field of Programming
- Job Description
- Salary Structure
- Career Expectations
- Education Requirements
Programming ties with Entertainment
The entertainment industry interested and amused me the most. Mainly because it incorporates ideas like video games and TV entertainment, which is along the lines of what I would consider a perfect job fit for me. I had chosen two main professions that I would like to know more in-depth about:
- Video Game Programmer
- Development Operations (DevOps) Engineer
Video game programmers can be considered the innovative and technical programmers behind the screen is computer games. They do the raw programming of the game during the development process. Video game Programmers design and program code that executes and controls the game, combining and building any ready-made code libraries and writing new code as if required by the game. During the programming, the video game developers constantly debug and test the program and repair bugs, they also develop modified tools for use by other members of the development team of a specific game
- Be able to work in co-operation with multi-disciplinary teams
- Be able to communicate your vision to artists, programmers, producers, marketing staff, and others involved in the development process
- Be able to accept constructive feedback on your work
- Be able to present your ideas both verbally and on paper
- Be imaginative and creative
- Have good written and verbal communication skills
- Have good basic visual design and drawing skills
- Be reasonably fluent in a range of 2D and 3D graphics and animation packages
- Have some programming skills
- Have an awareness of the various games platforms and technologies
- Possess a thorough understanding of game play theory
- Be skilled in information design and user interface design
- Be able to think systematically and strategically
The median salaries and wages for Video Game Programmers' current openings in the Greater Toronto Area are:
- Entry-level Programmers (0-5 Years) : $40,625 Annual Salary or $19.50 Hourly Wage
- Mid-Career Programmers (5-10 Years): $75,376 Annual Salary or $36.23 Hourly Wage
- Experienced Programmers (10+ Years): $87,511 Annual Salary or $43.02 Hourly Wage
Other Factors that affect a video game programmers salary include:
- Having a skill set - If a programmer applying for a job previously has used different programming languages, or knows various languages as an assets, the salary usually goes up. For example, knowing C++ has a probability of raising the salary up by about 3% and C# is known to increase the salary about 8%.
- Location of job - A video game programmer's salary is affected by the demand and supply of programmers in a specific area. A job in Montreal is generally known to have a salary 8% higher than a job in Toronto.
The total job outlook for the profession of a Video Game Programmer has been seen to decline since 2004, since the job positions were being held by older employees. The total vacancies for this career have been seen to decrease by 32.33 percent in Canada and with a steady average decline of 5.39 percent per year. But, the demand for video game programmers is expected to go up, with an expected 7,940 new jobs filled by 2018. This would represent an annual increase of 11.59 percent over the next 3 years.
- In order, to get an admission to a collage or a university, you must start off be having at least a High School Diploma, such as the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. To become an independent developer, gaining enough skills to program might be enough, but it is strongly recommended to have post-secondary education.
- To become a Video Game Programmer, you must at least have an undergraduate Bachelor's degree of 4 years in video game development, information system, computer science or related to there fields, to have a competitive resume when applying for a video game programming job. A Bachelor's degree can be earned both in a collage and in a university
- But, if you continue on gaining a Masters or a Doctorate degree, the chances of getting a more higher paid job increases as well.
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