How Become A Video Game Programmer

Grow up to be a game programmer.

If you love playing video games, you might think of video game programmer as a dream career. You can convert all those hours spent gaming into work experience, not just play. To begin working as a video game programmer, you need knowledge of video games, computer programming skills and relevant work experience. Video game programmers make an average of $52,000 to $90,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


1. Locate colleges that offer video gamer programming majors, such as the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona or DeVry University, which offers online classes. Most schools that offer video game programming are smaller technical schools or online schools. You can also study computer programming or computer science at any college or university.

2. Complete a four-year computer programming or computer science degree or a video game programming course, which may take two to four years. During school, you’ll learn C++, Java and other computer languages, game programming, 2D and 3D graphics and game development.

3. Gain industry experience with an internship. Prepare a cover letter and resume that highlight your education and any game programming projects you completed in school. Proofread these documents for spelling and grammar before sending them off to small video game companies and well-known companies alike. If you can’t find internship information, call the company’s human resources department to ask about their internship opportunities.

4. Interview with companies about internship programs. Answer questions about your programming experience, goals and interests. Gain knowledge from these interviews by learning what they are looking for.

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5. Complete an internship. You may be offered a job upon completion of your internship, depending on need. If there are no jobs, ask for a recommendation letter. Then apply for jobs as a video game programmer in the same manner as your internships and wait for a job offer.