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Video Game Designer

Find out how to become a video game designer. Keep reading to learn about salary, industry growth and stability, as well as job expectations.

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The current average salary of an Video Game Designer is $65,000 - 104,000 annually


Video game designers work together to code programs across several platforms (i.e. computers and various gaming systems) to create new and exciting games. Employment for multimedia specialists like video game designers is expected to grow. Employment in this small occupation is expected to grow from 8,800 to 9,000 by 2022.

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Key skills

Video game designers develop stories and design games around them. Each game is thoroughly tested to ensure it is playable. Each designer may focus on a particular aspect of the game.

  • Working collaboratively to come up with new concepts and stories
  • Use flowcharts to develop storyboards
  • Test for bugs and errors to ensure the game is coherent and playable
  • Work on a designated aspect of the game such as: environment, rules, design 
  • Design user interface and support mechanisms, as well as different levels of the game.
  • Combine game animation, assets, characters, narrative, AI behaviours, text, and sound collaboratively.

Quick facts

Working as a video game designer could be an exciting, creative career path. Here are some facts on your career in video game design.

  • Average Hours Worked
    38.2 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Professional, scientific and technical Services; education and training; and public administration and safety
  • Average qualification level
    44.8% Post Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Study pathways

Get the skills you need to start a career as a video game designer by studying one of these digital and interactive games courses below.

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