It is important to point out that playing a game that is unfinished and still riddled with error is far from the gaming experience that most gamers know and love. This gaming experience may be a bit more irritating and even frustrating at times. Yet, working as a video game tester still affords those who love video games an opportunity to be on the inside of the development of a video game where they will see how all the magic is done. For those who truly love video games there are far, far worse careers than that of video game tester.
Career Opportunities and Job Outlook- Good:
The job growth outlook for video game tester is good. Its difficult to believe that the number of video game testers will not stay stable or even rise in the coming years. Video games are big business and they are poised to grow even more.
A Day in The Life:
This is a career that will mean you spend your days playing video games. Most of this work will be to find bugs and errors in the game that need to be fixed before the games are released. Often due to budgetary constraints, many of the glitches and bugs are not ultimately fixed. But most of the time, the major problems are ironed out. This is thanks, in no small part, to the sunlight abhorring, pot-bellied, girlfriendless, basement dwelling army of video game testers worldwide who are making sure that the world’s video games are safe for human consumption, well, at least most of the time.
Expect to earn an hourly wage, but you are unlikely to get rich and play video games at the same time.
Career Training and Qualifications:
A knowledge and ability to play video games is a must. What is also a must is an ability to effectively communicate bugs and problems within games.