We surveyed 1,257 video game designers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical video game designer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a video game designer?

Low

High

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

Can I learn to become a video game designer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a video game designer 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 video game designer?

Easy

Hard

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

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Do video game designers work full-time or part-time?

61% of video game designers work in full-time roles while 39% work part-time.

Is being a video game designer stressful?

Low

High

Video game designers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a video game designer?

Low

High

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

How competitive is the workplace for video game designers?

Low

High

Video game designers tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

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

Low

High

Video game designers will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are video game designers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a video game designer, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do video game designers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Video game designers have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a video game designer physically demanding?

Low

High

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

Are video game designers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, video game designers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a video game designer require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for video game designers.

Does being a good video game designer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as video game designers.