Jobs and careers in games
Most of us love to play games, but have you ever considered making them? The computer and video game industry is a fast-growing entertainment field with plenty of professional opportunities for creative and passionate people. No longer a niche market, the games business is now worth about US$28 billion (£14.5 billion) globally, and the UK is a major player in the area, creating hot properties such as the Grand Theft Auto series and employing over 20,000 people in gaming.
Although your enthusiasm is crucial, you will also need skill and qualifications. Games are as competitive as any entertainment industry, and landing that first job might be tricky. But if you've set your sights on the games business, we're here to help you build your skills, make informed decisions, and improve your chances of getting in.
The first thing you should know is just how diverse a game team is. To learn more about possible careers within the gaming industry and which skills and aptitudes you'll need to break into the field of your choice, visit our Job Profiles section.
If you want to know more about the people who make up the industry, check out our Role Models to get an insider's view of programmers, designers and artists who have already made it into games.
You know what you want to do, but now need some training to get the necessary qualifications? Visit our Courses page to find the way forward.