Game Development Schools
As a professor or instructor of game development classes at one of the 31 accredited game development schools in the country, you play a necessary role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in game development, which encompasses game development training at the following levels:
- Game Development Certificate
- Associates degree in Game Development
- Bachelors degree in Game Development
- Masters degree in Game Development
- Dark Yellow: Actual Values
In the year 2010, there were 378,920 game development professionals working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of game development professionals has grown by 15%.
This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.
Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by game development professionals was $94,180 in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for game development professionals in the US was 7% less than the national median salary for all professions.
- Light Blue: Salaries
There has been a 10% growth in game development professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.
- Yellow: Associate's Degree in Game Development
- Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Game Development
- Red: Doctorates Degree in Game Development
- Light blue: Master's Degree in Game Development
- Grey: Certificate in Game Development
The career outlook for game development professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the US, 953 students graduated from game development degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 1,511 students graduated from game development schools.
This represents a 59% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from game development courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.
It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering game development programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 638 game development schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 707 schools.
Game Development Faculty Salaries
- California4 Schools
- North Carolina4 Schools
- Florida3 Schools
- Arizona2 Schools
- Wisconsin2 Schools
- Colorado2 Schools
- Georgia2 Schools
- Kansas2 Schools
- New York2 Schools
- Texas1 Schools
- Utah1 Schools
- Vermont1 Schools
- Minnesota1 Schools
- New Hampshire1 Schools
- New Mexico1 Schools
- Pennsylvania1 Schools
- South Dakota1 Schools