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Video Game Tester Job Description, Career as a Video Game Tester, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training:— No specific academic qualification required.

Salary: Median— $49,000 annually

Employment Outlook:— Good

Video game testers are responsible for finding and reporting bugs in games during the different stages of development of a video game. They need to have keen observational abilities, along with good logical and analytical reasoning abilities. Experienced video game testers work closely with programmers and designers, to make sure critical bugs present in games are fixed before the gold disc is created. Their work is stressful and often involves erratic shifts, but the emotional rewards in the end more than make up for it.

Education and Training Requirements

Video game testing requires almost no qualification. The ability to play games continuously for long hours and a passion for playing games is usually enough for getting a job as a game tester. However, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or fine arts certainly gives aspiring candidates an edge when it comes to finding employment in this field.

Getting the Job

Video game testers are often hired off the street. Even casual gamers can get temporary jobs as game testers. However, in order to get permanent employment as video game tester, it helps to have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and good knowledge of programming principles and techniques.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Advancement in this career stream depends on the candidate’s skills as a tester, and his/her instinct to spot errors. The level of technical knowledge that a candidate has may also prove to be an asset, since such a tester would be able to explain the bugs better to the developers and programmers.

Skilled game testers are often promoted to positions of senior testers or lead testers who are responsible for guiding and supervising a group of inexperienced testers. As testers gain somewhere around 3 years of professional experience, they may be promoted to managerial positions as well, provided they have the necessary qualifications. However, newcomers to the game testing field can face stiff competition since many people seek jobs of this kind.

Employment outlook for video game testers is looking good for the coming years. With the sales of video games nearly tripling in the period from 1996 to 2006, the demand for skilled testers has increased manifold.

Working Conditions

Video game testers employed in permanent positions work in spacious, well-lit offices. During the early developmental stages of a game, testers often enjoy regular work shifts and 40-hour work weeks. However, as the games near completion, duration of the shifts increases considerably. It is not uncommon for testers to spend more than 70 hours in office per week during final stages of game development. Freelance testers, on the other hand, enjoy flexible work hours.

Where to Go for More Information

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701,
NY 10121-0701
http://www.acm.org

Entertainment Software Association
575 7th Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004
http://www.theesa.com/

National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies
3000 Landerholm Circle S.E.,
Bellevue, WA 98007
http://www.nwcet.org

Salary, Earnings and Benefits

Video game testers earn very little during the early years. The yearly average salary of experienced video game testers ranges between $18,000 and $80,000. Those working on a contractual basis can earn between $350 and $2,000 per week, while monthly average salaries are in the range of $1000 to $8500.

Permanent testers employed in large organizations enjoy benefits offered to most regular employees, including paid leaves, vacations, and regular work shifts. On the other hand, freelancers or part-time game testers receive little to no benefits, and are often forced to work in cramped surroundings for long hours.

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over 4 years ago

I love how almost all the commenters are by 13 year olds -_-

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over 4 years ago

$49,000 annually in pay?! No way.

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almost 4 years ago

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over 3 years ago

I found this article to be completely filled with video gaming knowledge. I'm 14 and being a video game tester is extremely harder than some of you seem to think. my mother and I have been beta testers for multiple games, including star wars: the old republic and Minecraft. It's very tiring and hard to handle, going around and walking on every bit of ground you can find, trying to find a glitch or world error.But if you guys are patient, and if you find the right company to take you as a pro game tester, be my guest.

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almost 4 years ago

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about 2 years ago

i think its funny that the first comment of the day is potato that redundant. and im doing a career project and im not 13 im in high school

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almost 5 years ago

hi im in 8th grade I love xbox I have found meny glitches in halo reach that need patching I know how to redo them and I also will show you how I just do not know how to get assouated with bungie or 343 i play meny games runescape,skyrim,halo,navel assin and ect...

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about 5 years ago

a game tester sounds like a fun job but its really hard to tell how much you would get paid

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about 5 years ago

I am 13, and I would love to get a job in game testing.

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over 4 years ago

Here's a tip for people looking for a video game tester job. Have good spelling because it won't look good on your resume when it looks like you couldn't make it through a 3rd grade spelling bee and that goes for any job actually. Plus get the idea of fun out of your mind. It's only fun 1% of the time and why? Because it's rarely a fun task you get and even if you do get a fun one, the fun wears off after the first five times then you have to keep doing the same thing for five hours.

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over 4 years ago

Hey, thanks for the tips. Can I get more? I am almost 13, and would love a job in video game testing.

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over 5 years ago

hey thanks for the tips i am in 8th grand and reaslly want this carrer as my future job. send me tips and things so plz help me. thank you

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almost 4 years ago

I am in the 9th grade, and I have been interested in video games ever since I was 5. I played Sega Genesis with my sister. We played Toejam and Earl, and together we discovered level zero, and the present island without the Internet. I love playing video games, and would remain content, even if I had to play a level over and over and over again. I wish I could be done with school, not because im lazy, but because I want to do this job.

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almost 4 years ago

I am in the 9th grade, and I have been interested in video games ever since I was 5. I played Sega Genesis with my sister. We played Toejam and Earl, and together we discovered level zero, and the present island without the Internet. I love playing video games, and would remain content, even if I had to play a level over and over and over again. I wish I could be done with school, not because im lazy, but because I want to do this job.

-Vika Gguasee, Pegasister.
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almost 5 years ago

Hello thankyou sooo much for these tips. i do understand it doesnt pay much but this would be a great career. if anyone is a VG tester and wouldnt mind i would like to get an interview. thankyou

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about 6 years ago

Video Game Tester Job Description, Career as a Video Game Tester, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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over 5 years ago

hey thanks for the tips i am in 8th grand and reaslly want this carrer as my future job. send me tips and things so plz help me. thank you

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almost 5 years ago

Hey I am trying to land a good game testing job and was just wondering if anyone had any tips on doing that. I have found a glitches in Call Of Duty but I also play other games for a long period of time. If their any information on getting a job I would appreciate it. Thanks

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almost 4 years ago

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about 4 years ago

hey i always wanted to be a game tester. Please help me to find a good job in this field!

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over 3 years ago

Thanks this is great! I'm a thirteen year old girl in 8th grade,I want to be a game tester,I know it's rare to see a girl fame tester. I would love to apply,how old do you have to actually have to be?

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almost 4 years ago

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This really gets my confidence up thanks a lot. If you could help me out I would so apperciate it!

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almost 5 years ago

Hello thankyou sooo much for these tips. i do understand it doesnt pay much but this would be a great career. if anyone is a VG tester and wouldnt mind i would like to get an interview. thankyou

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about 5 years ago

hi my name is scott and im a poor orphan who lives on the streets i would like to become a game tester

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almost 4 years ago

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almost 4 years ago

I am in the 9th grade, and I have been interested in video games ever since I was 5. I played Sega Genesis with my sister. We played Toejam and Earl, and together we discovered level zero, and the present island without the Internet. I love playing video games, and would remain content, even if I had to play a level over and over and over again. I wish I could be done with school, not because im lazy, but because I want to do this job.

-Vika Gguasee, Pegasister.
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over 1 year ago

This seems exiting, i'm 14 in freshman year and iv'e been playing games all my life, so why not?

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about 3 years ago

would it be to much for a 14 year old to ask for a interveiw i just have a few questions i would like answered or a grade 10 assiment and whos better to ask about my dream job then someone who has a job in it?

please get back to me when ever you get the chance thank you

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I am in the 9th grade, and I have been interested in video games ever since I was 5. I played Sega Genesis with my sister. We played Toejam and Earl, and together we discovered level zero, and the present island without the Internet. I love playing video games, and would remain content, even if I had to play a level over and over and over again. I wish I could be done with school, not because im lazy, but because I want to do this job.

-Vika Gguasee, Pegasister.
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hi i was playing a game in my phone when the creators of the game wanted some beta tester and was choose to be one. Does this help me if i want to be a game tester.when testing the game i found a crash bug in the first level of the game.Other players also had this same bug.so i went to the games Facebook page and posted it.

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Now, most of you people are middle to high schoolers. I myself am only in 9th grade. Just because the job is called "video game tester", doesn't mean that that's all you do. You have to be able to work with software, spend much of your free time, and be extremely patient. The pay is good, the the work toll is terrible. Plus, getting a job as a video game tester is one of the hardest jobs you could get in the US. Also, working with video games and making sure every single place in the game doesn't glitch up can wreck havoc on your body. Sleep is almost non-existent, so video game testers "burn out" much faster than a regular worker in a cubicle. Now that all of you know this, think about what you want to do again, because a video game testing job is one of those jobs that are difficult to master.

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