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Working As A Game Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Game Designer Do At Galileo Headquarters

* For Camp Galileo Lead Instructors (K
* th grade): Review curriculum for your subject prior to staff training; read and learn curriculum for your subject prior to the start of camp.
* Prepare for and deliver three rotations of Galileo curriculum per day in either art, science or outdoors to groups of up to 24 campers, typically repeating the lesson with three different groups of campers in the same age group
* For Galileo Summer Quest Lead Instructors (5th
* th grade): Review curriculum for your major(s) prior to staff training; read, learn and complete any necessary supplemental training to develop fluency in your major(s) (time varies based on position, but will be reviewed by your Camp Director).
* Prepare lesson materials and deliver 5 hours of instruction per day to groups of up to 24 campers
* Implement the curriculum as written, adapting it as needed to improve the camper experience or accommodate individual campers
* Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
* Supervise Assistant Instructors while they are working in your classroom and inspire them to become excellent instructors
* Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals
* Support camper check-in and check-out processes
* Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating with them on a daily basis about their camper’s experience
* Assist with daily set up and cleanup of camp
* Contribute to and participate in daily opening and closing ceremonies, all-camp activities, and snack & lunch supervision and programming
* WORK HOURS AND DATES
* The camp environment is demanding, requiring intense dedication and work ethic from each staff member.
* Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary.
* We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment and contributing to camp’s success.
* General Camp Staff Hours Information:
* Staff may work anytime between 7:30am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.
* Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day
* Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming
* Before setup days begin, complete between 2
* hours of online training
* Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts
* Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 5
* hours, typically an extra 1
* hours at the end of each day during the final week of camp.
* On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete, which will be 6pm at the earliest
* Position
* Specific Hours Information:
* The camp day runs, on average, 8
* hours for Lead Instructors.
* Lead Instructors typically work 7:45am
* pm
* COMPENSATION
* We are committed to competitively compensating staff.
* Regarding compensation:
* Lead Instructors are compensated at a regular hourly rate of $13
* per hour, dependent on work location, education level, and courses taught
* Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for 2
* hours of online training to be completed before camp, and for 2 days on-site setup/training.
* Training and setup day hours will be compensated at a regular hourly rate of $11
* per hour
* Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time
* Overtime will be paid at 1
* x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements
* Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the Friday after each camp week
* SUPERVISION GIVEN/RECEIVED
* General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by Camp Director

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Game Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

72.3%

Asian

14.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.6%

Japanese

13.7%

French

13.7%

Chinese

7.8%

Mandarin

7.8%

German

5.9%

Portuguese

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Dutch

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Yoruba

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Albanian

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Shan

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%
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Game Designer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

16.2%

Savannah College of Art and Design

13.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

10.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.4%

Academy of Art University

4.8%

Art Institute of California - Inland

4.8%

Southern Methodist University

4.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.2%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.6%

University of Southern California

3.6%

University of Advancing Technology

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.0%

New York University

3.0%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.0%

School of Visual Arts

3.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

Brown University

2.4%

San Jose State University

2.4%

Columbia College Chicago

2.4%
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Majors

Graphic Design

26.3%

Computer Science

17.0%

Animation

6.3%

Entertainment Business

6.1%

Photography

5.0%

Fine Arts

4.8%

Computer Engineering

4.1%

Business

3.6%

Communication

3.4%

Computer Applications

3.4%

English

3.2%

Writing

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Digital Media

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Psychology

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Mathematics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.3%

Masters

22.6%

Other

15.5%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Game Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Game Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 01, 2014 $126,245
Game Designer III American Gaming Systems, LLC Duluth, GA May 06, 2016 $120,000
Game Designer III American Gaming Systems, LLC Duluth, GA Apr 04, 2016 $120,000
Game Designer Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 07, 2016 $118,082
Game Designer 3-IEB or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 07, 2014 $116,272 -
$136,272
Casino Games Designer PTT, LLC D/B/A High 5 Games New York, NY Mar 09, 2015 $113,500
Casino Game Designer Playstudios, Inc. Burlingame, CA Jul 20, 2015 $110,000
Casino Game Designer Playstudios, Inc. Burlingame, CA Jul 13, 2015 $110,000
Game Designer Playstudios, Inc. Burlingame, CA Oct 08, 2016 $110,000
Game Designer IGT Reno, NV Sep 21, 2015 $108,534 -
$120,496
Game Designer Electronic Arts, Inc. Emeryville, CA Aug 24, 2015 $108,500
Game Designer Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 10, 2015 $108,500
Game Designer IGT Reno, NV Sep 14, 2015 $108,354 -
$120,496
Staff Game Designer Cryptic Studios Inc. Los Gatos, CA Nov 13, 2014 $88,733
Technical Game Designer Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 10, 2015 $84,781 -
$99,798
Game Designer Ubisoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2016 $82,742 -
$89,040
Game Designer Ubisoft Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2014 $81,120
Game Designer Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 25, 2015 $80,018 -
$96,866
Game Designer Midas Touch Game Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 09, 2016 $80,000
Game Designer II Electronic Arts, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Aug 19, 2016 $77,400
Associate Game Designer Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 25, 2013 $76,948 -
$83,480
Game Design Mathematician Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Decatur, GA Aug 09, 2016 $65,000
Game Designer Rockstar San Diego, Inc. Carlsbad, CA May 13, 2016 $65,000 -
$85,000
Game Designer Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Apr 14, 2015 $65,000 -
$102,000
Game Designer/Multimedia Programmer Institute of Play, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $64,796
Game Designer Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 12, 2013 $62,714
Game Designer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 25, 2016 $62,587
Interactive Games Designer Maven Companies, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jan 09, 2016 $62,000
Game Designer Marks Studios LLC Decatur, GA May 23, 2016 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Game Designer

ArtDirectionUserInterfaceOnlineLevelDesignVideoGameUnrealEnginePCAITitlesGameMechanicsArtAssetsC #CombatAdobePhotoshopWebGameDevelopmentFacebookAndroidGameEngineXbox

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Top Game Designer Skills

  1. Art Direction
  2. User Interface
  3. Online
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with all aspects of game design including art direction, product management, and regulatory compliance.
  • Worked with the engineering team to modify proprietary User Interface tool to deliver new Front End and presentation elements.
  • Content development for massively-multiplayer online games.
  • Teach 3D Level Design classes using the Unreal Engine
  • Evaluated various video games for instructional methodology.

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