Description: Producers keep the video game on schedule and within budget, coordinate testing, and keep team members informed of each other's progress. Producers act as an intermediary between company owners and game designers. The complex schedule of a video game producer makes a diverse professional background necessary for success.
Knowledge Required: Business, project management, English
Skills: Being organized and having good communication is a must. It is important to understand the fundamentals of coding, art production, and the general game development process.
Career Path: Most video games producers have a bachelor's in business administration, English, history, or related field. In addition, many colleges offer video game specific degrees (such as Full Sail and Collins). Most producers start as interns with small developers, music studios, or software companies before moving up to producer.
Best Cities for this job: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Seattle are the top employers for video game work.
Median Annual Income: National: $66,720 CA: $103770
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 11% increase in jobs over the next decade.
From the field: “Familiarize yourself with what's out there. Get a sense of what you like and don't like. Understand that if you're hating where games are right now, you have the potential to change that.” - Sabaa Rehmani, Producer for Mind Control Software.View more Day in the Life videos »