We surveyed 520 games artists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical games artist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a games artist?

Low

High

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

Can I learn to become a games artist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a games artist 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 games artist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a games artist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for games artists.

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Do games artists work full-time or part-time?

45% of games artists work in full-time roles while 55% work part-time.

Is being a games artist stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst games artists, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a games artist?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a games artist.

How competitive is the workplace for games artists?

Low

High

Games artists see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a games artist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for games artists.

Are games artists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a games artist, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do games artists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally games artists will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a games artist physically demanding?

Low

High

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

Are games artists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

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

Does being a games artist require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a games artist.

Does being a good games artist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

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