How to become a Video Game Designer/Developer

A video game designer/developer designs the core elements of video games, including role mechanics, story-lines and characters.

Personal requirements of a Video Game Designer/Developer

  • Good attention to detail
  • Creative
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Interested in coding
  • Passion for computers and video games

Education & Training for a Video Game Designer/Developer

A video game designer/developer will normally require a degree or diploma in computer systems or software engineering. The majority of these courses would usually entail gaining your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics is normally needed. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops.

Duties & Tasks of a Video Game Designer/Developer

Video game designer/developers:

  • adjust gameplay experience to meet commercial and critical objectives
  • offer feedback to designers in order to improve gameplay quality
  • develop in-game features such as storylines and character history
  • discuss design aspects with development teams
  • formulate missions and challenges to be encountered in gameplay

Working conditions for a Video Game Designer/Developer

Being a video game designer/developer requires spending many hours sitting while using a computer, either in a commercial office or a home office. They make extensive use of email and other forms of electronic communication. With experience, freelancing is also an option.

Employment Opportunities for a Video Game Designer/Developer

Video game designers/developers work in a range of sectors and industries. They may make programs for a single company as an in-house developer, or on a range of programs for an agency. Developers are highly sought after and often work on a contractual basis. Some software developers are self-taught and have learnt via instructional books and online videos. As there are no industry standard certifications for web developers. this path relies on building a strong portfolio of work.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 3%

NSW 34.4%

NT 0.3%

QLD 17.3%

SA 4.8%

TAS 1.2%

VIC 32.7%

WA 6.3%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 83%

Female 17%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 13.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 12.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 5.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 13%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 47.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 18.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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