Join the Gaming Industry With Hands-On Experience From Lewis

In 2018, sales of video games topped $43.4 billion.1 And with data showing that 65 percent of American adults currently play video games, the message is clear: Gaming is here to stay.1

As innovations like virtual and augmented reality gain momentum, alongside the booming e-sports industry, video game programming salaries are keeping pace. For instance, computer programmers at software publishers currently earn a median annual salary of $103,530, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $134,000.2

Secure a career in gaming with Lewis University's Online M.S. in Computer Science with a Game and Simulation Programming concentration. You'll graduate with hands-on experience in collaborative development, as well as real portfolio work that demonstrates your skills across the game-production lifecycle—from planning and coding to debugging and iterative development.


164 million adults

currently play video games in the United States – Entertainment Software Association1

Career Spotlights

  • Game Programmer: Game programmers are the vital coders behind every feature in a video game—from how graphics are displayed to what sound is cued when a player takes an action. Professionals in this position earn an average annual salary of $66,000, with the top 10 percent earning $100,000.3
  • A.I. Programmer: Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is the engine behind modern gaming, driving stories forward and enhancing gameplay with lifelike decision-making that makes a game's opponents feel real. A.I. programmers provide the back-end code to support complex but fluent A.I. in games. Currently, A.I. programmers see an average annual salary of $71,821.4
  • Game Engineer: In this position, you apply the principles of engineering to solve problems and produce successful outcomes throughout the game development lifecycle. Top earners see an average annual salary of $102,000.5
  • Game Designer: As a game designer, you bring creative concepts to life with characters, levels and other visual elements, like textures and user interfaces that contribute to a game's look and feel. These hybrid coder-creatives earn an average annual salary of $73,182.6

Career Services With Lewis University

As an online student, you have access to Flyers Get Hired, our Handshake-powered career database exclusively for Lewis University students. Search for new jobs and opportunities, connect with our alumni network, receive guidance from a career advisor, and get feedback on your résumé, LinkedIn profile or personal elevator pitch. You'll find all the resources you need to advance your career in computer science.

Plus, our faculty are recognized experts in the field who will ensure you graduate with the real-world knowledge you need to succeed.

Launch Your Career in Games

Make a living creating something you love with a new set of video game programming skills. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or to request more information.

References:

1Entertainment Software Association (2019 May). Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from https://www.theesa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/ESA_Essential_facts_2019_final.pdf.
2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 April). Computer Programmers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-programmers.htm#tab-5.
3Payscale (n.d.). Average Video Game Programmer Salary. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Video_Game_Programmer/Salary.
4Glassdoor (n.d.). AI Programmer Salaries. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/ai-programmer-salary-SRCH_KO0,13.htm.
5Glassdoor (n.d.). Game Engineer Salaries. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/game-engineer-salary-SRCH_KO0,13.htm.
6Glassdoor (n.d.). Game Designer Salaries. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/game-designer-salary-SRCH_KO0,13.htm.