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Games Programmer

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A games programmer uses programming and scripting languages to write code that controls how a game looks and works. This could be puzzle, adventure, role-play, combat, shooters or sports. They produce games for different platforms: PCs, laptops, consoles, the internet, interactive TV and mobile phones.

They can also be called gameplay, engine, physics or animation programmers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

For many vacancies salaries depend on skills and experience. Starting salaries are usually around £22,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £35,000 to £50,000 a year or more. Senior programmers may earn £65,000 or more a year. Salaries are usually higher in London.

You might earn extra through profit sharing, bonus payments and performance-related pay.

Conditions

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Getting In

Job vacancies are often advertised on the internet. There is a lot of competition for jobs.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
24889
3.2 %
RISE
2029
25676
  United Kingdom
2024
409980
4.5 %
RISE
2029
428347

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For more information please see organisations listed below:

Video

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Career Area

Computing and ICT