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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 £60,000 or more a year.

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

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Job vacancies are often advertised on the internet, for example, the Talent Scotland website. There is a lot of competition for jobs.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
15747
4 %
RISE
2023
16378
  United Kingdom
2018
253301
4.1 %
RISE
2023
263719

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Video

Courtesy of ScreenSkills

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Tel: 01793 417424
Website: http://www.bcs.org
Twitter: @bcs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IT.BCS/

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Tel: 020 7734 0022
E-mail: info@bafta.org
Website: http://www.bafta.org/initiatives/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-programme
Twitter: @BAFTA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baftascotland/

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme awards a small number of scholarships for postgraduate courses related to a career in film, TV or computer games.

ScreenSkills
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.ScreenSkills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

TIGA
Tel: 0845 468 2330
E-mail: info@tiga.org
Website: http://www.tiga.org
Twitter: @TIGAMovement
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TIGAMovement/

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK's games industry.

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