We surveyed 1,179 game testers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical game tester. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a game tester?

Low

High

Working as a game tester typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a game tester?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a game tester typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a game tester?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a game tester. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for game testers.

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Do game testers work full-time or part-time?

65% of game testers work in full-time roles while 35% work part-time.

Is being a game tester stressful?

Low

High

Game testers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a game tester?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a game tester.

How competitive is the workplace for game testers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for game testers.

Does being a game tester require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for game testers.

Are game testers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Game testers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do game testers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Game testers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a game tester physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a game testers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are game testers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Game testers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a game tester require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a game tester.

Does being a good game tester require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a game tester.