Computer Games Modeller
Mark B is a 3D modeller at Jagex, a computer games design company. He loved computer games ever since he watched his Dad play Ghostbusters on his Commodore 64. He didn't realise it was possible to make a career out of game design until he was deciding what course to do at university. "Some people dream about being pop stars, some people dream about being a movie star, that sort of thing... Games was my dream, but I didn't actually think it would be possible." He changed the A levels he was doing from business studies to art so that he could apply to university to study computer games design.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionProgrammers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.
QualificationsEntrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification, although entry with other academic qualifications and/or significant relevant experience is possible. There is a variety of vocational, professional and postgraduate qualifications available.
- Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs;
- Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions;
- Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications;
- Develops user interfaces;
- Tests and corrects software programs;
- Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development);
- Implements and evaluates the software;
- Plans and maintains database structures;
- Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.